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Crystal Palace plunged Manchester United back into crisis with a spectacular volley from Joachim Andersen that separated the two teams. This defeat marked United’s fifth loss in nine games this season, with four in seven in the Premier League—a start not seen since 1989. United’s fans expressed their frustration with boos at the final whistle.
While injuries and off-the-field issues have troubled Erik ten Hag’s tenure, his team’s performance has been disappointing given the substantial investment in new players. United has now suffered two home defeats, a stark contrast to last season’s strong home record.
United struggled to break down Palace’s solid defense, and even impact players like Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford failed to make a significant impact. Rasmus Hojlund, an attacking signing, squandered key chances.
In contrast, Palace displayed impressive defensive resilience, with Marc Guehi and Andersen leading the way. Joachim Andersen scored a stunning winner with a well-executed volley from a free-kick.
Ten Hag must now find a way to motivate his players in the upcoming games against Galatasaray and Brentford before the international break. United’s current form is a cause for concern, and improvements are needed to turn the season around.