Manchester United lost 3–1 to Crystal Palace in their opening match of the new Premier League season, with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha both on target. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s a hammer blow. And, for Ed Woodward, it should trigger him into making three signings before October 5. Express Sport will now analyse the showdown.
There’s no denying that United pair Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof represent substantial upgrades on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
However, despite that, the Red Devils double act still aren’t up to scratch.
Lindelof was at fault for Sevilla’s winning goal in the club’s Europa League semi-final in August and was guilty of failing to clear his lines for Palace’s first goal.
Maguire, equally, didn’t impress. He and Lindelof both suffered with the pace of Palace’s frontline, with Townsend, Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew all giving them a nightmare night at the office.
So United need another centre-back. One, ideally, with speed in his locker.
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A left back
Luke Shaw is an enigma.
Some days the United star turns up and impresses, others he looks completely lost. And the Palace game was certainly the latter.
He isn’t Patrice Evra or Denis Irwin and is something of a weak link.
United have missed out on Sergio Reguilon, with the Spain international choosing to leave Real Madrid for Tottenham instead.
But they could certainly do with Alex Telles, the Porto star who is on their radar. Whether they sign him, though, is something only time will tell.
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Man Utd next 5 fixtures
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Brighton – Premier League – September 26
Tottenham – Premier League – October 3
Newcastle – Premier League – October 17
Chelsea – Premier League – October 24
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