Saturday didn’t turn out as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company would have hoped.
Manchester United’s home clash against Crystal Palace ended in a 2-1 loss with Jordan Ayew and Patrick Van Aanholt netting the shots that defeated the Red Devils who only had Daniel James’ goal to brag about.
What makes matter worse is that the Eagles scored the winner in the third minute of added-time after bearing through a relentless United attack.
Many flaws were uncovered in Solskjaer’s side and tactics as a result, and now the Mancunian giants will have to take a long an introspective look about how to amend those flaws.
However, one piece of retrospection that the club wouldn’t be looking forward to is their social media activity prior to the Old Trafford game.
The Mancunian giants tweeted the following, clearly gloating about their massive 4-0 victory on opening day.
*#MUNCRY. Wish we were playing Chelsea again, though…
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2019
However, after the game, this tweet, in particular, got brutally targeted as United’s cocky confidence backfired.
Bet Palace wish they could play us again and all https://t.co/7sdRqJnBzr
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 24, 2019
Gary Lineker appeared to have a rather fitting reply to the whole ordeal.
Not sure it’s ever a good idea for clubs to attempt ‘bants’. https://t.co/X3bM9TYEwn
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 24, 2019
However, the real insult to injury may have arrived when the official Crystal Palace twitter handle replied to the same.
We're sure you do…
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 24, 2019
How’d it go?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019
While such pieces of banter are commonplace on Twitter, clubs themselves being the target of such blatant overconfidence does add a whole new dimension to the trolling.
Jokes apart, this loss and Monday’s draw against Wolves aptly illustrated the flaws that the much-touted and rather misleading Chelsea win seemed to ignore.
Solskjaer must first amend those issues before hoping to target achievable goals with his roster of players.