Manchester United was once smartly off the tempo in its first Premier League game of the season Saturday, dropping 3-1 at house to Crystal Palace in a fit that includes a transformed retaken penalty following an intervention by VAR.
After a brief and disjointed preseason, United’s avid gamers had been slow all through as Wilfried Zaha’s two second-half targets earned Palace a win at Old Trafford for a moment immediately season.
Zaha’s first purpose got here from the penalty spot after the referee ordered a place kick to be retaken as a result of encroachment from United goalkeeper David de Gea earlier than he stored an strive by Jordan Ayew. De Gea didn’t have no less than one foot at the purpose line as Ayew struck his shot.
That made it 2-0 in the 74th minute and even supposing Donny Van de Beek’s purpose six mins later gave United hope, Zaha shrugged off his marker earlier than firing house Palace’s 3rd purpose in the 85th.
Andros Townsend put Palace forward in the 7th minute.
United had slightly a month between seasons after a past due end to the 2019-20 marketing campaign owing to its involvement in the latter phases of the Europa League. The offseason has been afflicted, too, with captain Harry Maguire getting arrested and being given a suspended 21-month sentence closing month for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest right through an incident at the Greek island of Mykonos. Maguire has since filed an attraction in opposition to his conviction and can get a retrial on a date but to be introduced.
Mason Greenwood has additionally been coaching by myself after being dropped from the England squad for breaching coronavirus laws by assembly up with ladies from outdoor the group bubble whilst the nationwide group was once in Iceland.
While Maguire began in opposition to Palace, Greenwood was once at the bench and got here on in the second one 1/2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic had been handiest deemed are compatible sufficient to begin at the bench, too.
Paul Pogba, who reduced in size the coronavirus in the offseason, struggled with the depth of the game and gave ownership away many times in the second one 1/2.