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Romelu Lukaku produced worst first touch of the season contender v Crystal Palace

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Following Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, this is now officially Manchester United’s worst start to a season for 28 years.

Jose Mourinho’s side currently find themselves seventh in the Premier League table after 13 matches, 14 points behind league-leaders Manchester City, and were booed off the pitch by the home supporters following the stalemate against Roy Hodgson’s team.

If Bournemouth avoid defeat against Arsenal on Sunday, United will finish the weekend back in eighth place.

This is quickly becoming a disastrous campaign for Mourinho and his players, who finished second in the Premier League last season.

The situation is also becoming increasingly desperate for Romelu Lukaku, who hasn’t scored for United since the away win over Watford on September 15.

The Belgian striker, who United signed in a £75 million deal from Everton in the summer of 2017, has now gone over 14 hours of football without hitting the back of the net. His last goal at Old Trafford, meanwhile, happened 238 days ago.

United supporters are losing patience with the 25-year-old, who scored 27 goals during his debut campaign with the Red Devils and impressed at the 2018 World Cup finals with his national team.

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There was one moment during the second half against Palace that left United fans - those inside the stadium, and those watching the match at home - with their heads in the hands.

Per the Manchester Evening News’s Samuel Luckhurst, the loudest groan of the afternoon occurred with this attempt at a ‘first touch’ by Lukaku.

Watch it here...

Shocking technique. A genuine contender for worst first touch of the season from United’s number nine.

United's defence had just worked hard to clear their lines following a Palace attack. But the visitors were unable to launch another attack immediately following Lukaku's Sunday League-esque contribution.

Here’s how United fans on social media reacted to Lukaku’s abysmal touch…

Lukaku was dropped last month after a run of poor form and could now find himself back on the bench following this latest poor performance.

The Red Devils face Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday before taking on Southampton next weekend in what will be deemed a must-win match for Mourinho and his players.

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