Manchester United failed to bounce back from Monday’s draw to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday as Old Trafford saw Crystal Palace walk away with all three points in a dramatic 2-1 loss.
The away side opened the scoring in the first-half via Jordan Ayew despite a good spell of play from United. Following that, the Red Devils kept up with their pressure but weren’t able to succeed until the 89th minute when Daniel James netted a brilliant goal.
However, in the third minute of stoppage time, a complacent United permitted Patrick Van Aanholt to net the winner as the Theatre of Dreams sat back shocked.
To add to their misery, Marcus Rashford failed to convert a penalty-kick in the second-half.
The game certainly felt like one wherein the side lacked heavily in solid attacking options. Towards the end, Anthony Martial even appeared to be nursing an injury which begs the question as to who would replace him upfront.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was outspoken initially about the fact that Alexis Sanchez was part of his plans and that the Chilean could function as a striker in the club’s thin frontline.
However, there have been strong murmurs linking the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker to a loan move to the Serie A.
The Norwegian addressed these rumors by stating: “Sanchez is a quality player. We don’t have many options for our attack. If there is a good offer, maybe he will go. But he has been training well. Let’s see what will happen.”
About the loss itself, Solskjaer stated the following: “We should have dealt with the last five minutes better. We defended poorly at times today and it cost us. Sometimes you do not find that end product and that happened today. We did not test their keeper enough. It cost us dearly today.”
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