Manchester United were shocked by Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed his first defeat of the Premier League season.
Goals from Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt – after a David de Gea error – were enough to seal the win for the visitors (their first-ever at Old Trafford in the era of the Premier League).
Summer arrival Daniel James thought he would have done enough for the Red Devils when he scored a wonderful effort just before the full-time whistle, however the Eagles’ left-back clearly had a different result on his mind.
Solskjaer admitted after the game that his side were simply not good enough as they failed to take their chances after dominating the match for large periods of the afternoon.
“We just weren’t clinical enough. They scored two very easy goals. Two games, two missed penalties. If you score them, it’s a different scenario. Sometimes it happens. The more we get into those positions, the more we will score,” he told Sky Sports.
“We dominated the game but we didn’t control it. We should have dealt better with the last five minutes. We created enough to win the game. But we didn’t defend well enough.”
One man that appeared to create all the chances for Manchester United was Ashley Young, despite coming on as a substitute for Luke Shaw.
According to the data collected by WhoScored, the 34-year-old managed to provide his team-mates with five key passes in the 56 minutes he was on the field. He also whipped in eight crosses with seven of those being accurate whilst he also had a 100% long-ball success rate.
Manchester Evening News were not too happy with his overall contribution though as they felt he lacked the ‘killer pass’ and gave him a five.
Chris Sutton slammed Young back in April and went as far to say he was Manchester United’s “worst ever United captain and the worst ever United right-back”, whilst fans have been extremely critical of his performances in recent memory.
Saturday’s defeat may have been one to forget for Solskjaer and his Manchester United side and one that they will want to move on from quickly, however the experienced defender may have been one of the only men able to hold his head high on what was a disappointing afternoon.
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