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Solskjaer rues Man United’s shock 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lamented Manchester United’s struggles in both attack and defence as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

United dominated the match at Old Trafford by boasting 71% of the ball possession and having 22 attempts on goal compared to Palace’s five. However, Solskjaer’s men couldn’t translate their dominance into more goals.

They, in fact, only managed to get three of their shots on target in the end. This practically opened the door for Palace to cause an upset, with Jordan Ayew handing the visitors a first-half lead.

New signing Daniel James continued his impressive start for United by scoring a brilliant 89th-minute equaliser. The Welsh winger took advantage of some nice build-up play by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial before curling the ball into the net.

Hopes of salvaging a point, however, were slashed when a David de Gea error enabled Patrick van Aanholt to fire home a 93rd-minute winner for Palace.

“They scored 2 and we scored only one. We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and they scored two very easy goals,” Red Devils boss Solskjaer told BBC.

“I thought we got our act together the second half, we just couldn’t hit the target. We have dominated the game but we have not controlled it.

“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.”

For the second game in succession, the Red Devils suffered a penalty miss with Rashford being the unlucky guy this time after Paul Pogba missed at Wolves on Monday.

The spot-kick came following Luka Milivojevic’s foul on Scott McTominay in the 69th-minute. With United a goal down, it was a brilliant opportunity for Rashford to put the hosts level.

But the England international instead struck the post.

“Two games, two missed penalties. It’s part and parcel of it,” said Solskjaer.

“Sometimes it happens. I have missed a few myself. If we score them it’s a different story. If we keep putting ourselves in those positions we will get more penalties and we will score.

“It is just one of those things. We trust them to score again”

Solskjaer will now prepare United for next Saturday’s trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United misses from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)