Coach Ole Solskjaer thinks that Man Utd has not yet caught up with the Premier League, due to a few friendly matches before the season.
“Man Utd did not deserve anything from losing to Crystal Palace,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “We started slowly and badly, like a friendly. Crystal Palace was kicking. It could be seen the difference in preparation of the two teams. Crystal Palace played four friendlies, and three official matches. Man Utd only played a friendly match last week. The defeat against Crystal Palace is our first official match. Man Utd lacks more preparation.
Man Utd prepared for the new season later than the rest of the Premier League, due to the Europa League semi-finals last season. When the opponents played the first round last weekend, Man Utd were friendly with Aston Villa first. And Crystal Palace beat Southampton in the first round, then lost to Bournemouth in the League Cup. At Old Trafford on the evening of September 19, Roy Hodgson’s teachers and students defeated Man Utd 3-1.
“Crystal Palace is faster and stronger than we are,” added Solskjaer. Man Utd could not continue to play like a practice kick. The next game was on Tuesday night, against Luton Town in the League Cup. We have to quickly improve the playstyle. The last performance was not worthy of the team. There are other players in the Premier League. Seven players are not on the registration list for many reasons. The number of substitutes is also large. They will probably claim to play in the next game.
Head midfielder Nemanja Matic and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka are out of action. Young talent Mason Greenwood is not fit and only kicks the second half. Man Utd held the ball more, but the danger was in favor of the visitors.
Solskjaer also failed to accept the goal to increase the score to 2-0 by Wilfried Zaha. He said: “That penalty is heavy, too heavy. Getting the foul of David de Gea is also too heavy, as he just pushed the excellent penalty. Maybe De Gea was only a few centimeters above the line. But that’s the way it is, and I can’t say more”.