Manchester United was effectively off the tempo in its first Premier League game of the season Saturday, dropping 3-1 at house to Crystal Palace in a match that includes a transformed retaken penalty following an intervention by VAR.
After a brief and disjointed preseason, United’s players have been sluggish all through as Wilfried Zaha’s two second-half targets earned Palace a win at Old Trafford for a second straight season.
Zaha’s first objective appear from the penalty spot after the referee ordered a spot kick to be retaken due to encroachment from United goalkeeper David de Gea earlier than he saved an try by Jordan Ayew. De Gea didn’t have a minimum of one foot on the objective line as Ayew struck his shot.
That made it 2-Zero within the 74th minute and though Donny Van de Beek’s objective six minutes later gave United hope, Zaha shrugged off his marker earlier than firing house Palace’s third objective within the 85th.
Andros Townsend put Palace forward within the seventh minute.
United had barely a month between seasons after a late end to the 2019-20 campaign owing to its involvement within the latter levels of the Europa League. The offseason has been troubled, too, with captain Harry Maguire getting arrested and being given a suspended 21-month sentence last month for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest throughout an incident on the Greek island of Mykonos. Maguire has since filed an attraction towards his conviction and can get a retrial on a date but to be introduced.
Mason Greenwood has additionally been coaching alone after being dropped from the England squad for breaching coronavirus guidelines by assembly up with girls from outdoors the workforce bubble whereas the nationwide workforce was in Iceland.
While Maguire began towards Palace, Greenwood was on the bench and appear on within the second half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic have been just deemed match adequate to begin on the bench, too.
Paul Pogba, who contracted the coronavirus within the offseason, struggled with the depth of the sport and gave possession away repeatedly within the second half.