Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side did not perform well enough in either attack or defence during today’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s side dominated possession from the off but struggled to create much in terms of clear cut chances against a well organized Palace defence.
Manchester United would then be made to pay for their lack of creative thrust when Jordan Ayew finished coolly past David De Gea after a long ball forward from Palace ‘keeper Guaita.
The home side continued to huff and puff during the second period but once again struggled to cut open the visitors back line. However, the Old Trafford outfit looked set to equalize after 69 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, only for striker Marcus Rashford to see his well struck spot-kick hit the post.
Solskjaer’s side piled on the pressure in the closing stages, and they looked to have secured a point when summer signing Dan James curled home a lovely effort in the 89th minute.
Roy Hodgson’s side wasn’t finished though and they broke forward deep into injury time and Patrick Van Aanholt smashed home a near-post finish to hand the south Londoners their first-ever win at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Speaking after the game Solskjaer admitted his side paid the price for not performing well enough.
“They scored 2 and we scored only one,” Solskjaer told the BBC.
”We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and they scored two very easy goals. I thought we got our act together 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.”
Rashford’s failure from the spot was United’s second in a week after Paul Pogba’s headline-grabbing miss against Wolves, but Solskjaer insisted that it is simply one of those things.
“Two games, two missed penalties. It’s part and parcel of it. 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”