Fans Ask Woodward To Make New Signings As United Lose First Game Of The Season

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

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Manchester United lost their season opener to Crystal Palace 3-1 at Old Trafford as fans were left livid by their side’s performance.

The Red Devils never looked in the mood to do anything as the Eagles opened the scoring early on via Andros Townsend. Second-half VAR drama saw a penalty go against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men.

There too Jordan Ayew’s initial casual attempt, saved by David De Gea, had to be retaken. Wilfried Zaha made no mistake burying the regulation penalty due to the Spaniard being off the line. In the dying moments of the match, whatever joy that Donny van de Beek’s debut goal could muster was left in vain as Zaha struck again to gift Palace their second consecutive Premier League away win to United.

Fans made no mistake in storming to Twitter to critique their team and the majority of the blame was hurled at Ed Woodward.


The higher-ups at Old Trafford had a mute transfer campaign, only seeing van de Beek’s arrival. The Jadon Sancho travesty was further pitied by the club’s failure to see through deals for Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale, both of whom Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur lapped up.

This fixture, however, unveiled more flaws than just the right-wing spot. An awful performance from Victor Lindelof, both in poor marking for giving away the first and third goals as well as the hand-ball that gave away the penalty, reinforced an oft-repeated argument. If Solskjær is to have balance in his team, then the Swede simply needs to have more competition for his spot.

Likewise, poor flank-play by Timothy Fosu-Mensah may also beg for options there whereas a relatively quiet frontline further highlights the desperate need for a new source of goals.

The transfer window did not mark a good start for United’s season and this won’t make matters any better.