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Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace: 3 reasons why the Red Devils lost the match | Premier League 2019/2020

Elvis Ume O
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3.52K   //    25 Aug 2019, 00:01 IST

# 2 Solksjaer's ineptitude from the bench

Solskjaer was slow to make changes
Solskjaer was slow to make changes

Heading into the game, Ole Gunner Solskjer had posted just three wins from United's last 14 games and after a honeymoon period prior to being handed the job on a permanent basis, it is safe to say that the Norwegian was starting to feel the heat.

The 46-year-old named an unchanged starting lineup from the team that drew with Wolves, but was forced into an early change when Luke Shaw pulled up with an injury.

Crystal Palace took the lead against the run of play in the 32nd minute, and given the lack of penetration by Manchester United, one would have expected their gaffer to have been more proactive from the bench.

Jesse Lingard was virtually non-existent through the middle for Manchester United, but rather shockingly, his manager waited until the 56th minute to haul him off.

Given that Crystal Palace seemed content to sit back and defend deeply, United needed someone with the technique and ability to pick out their defense with splitting passes. But, despite having the services of Juan Mata on the bench, Solksjaer opted against introducing him until the 85th minute.

A coach is usually the chief culprit when results go wrong for his side, and while United players did not exactly step up to the plate, their manager did not inspire either with his tactical decisions.