Manchester United’s Premier League campaign couldn’t have got off to a worse start.
After being given an extra week off to recover after reaching the Europa League semi-final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicked with a wretched 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
With only Donny van de Beek arriving at Old Trafford this summer, this performance and result will only increase calls from supporters to make a few more signings before the transfer window shuts.
They got what they deserved as Crystal Palace came with no fear.
And after a bright start, they took the lead after just seven minutes.
Jeffrey Schlupp’s low cross was turned into the net at the back post by Andros Townsend.
There was very little response from United before half-time as Solskjaer turned to his new signing, Van de Beek with 20 minutes remaining.
However, just a few minutes later, Martin Atkinson was pointing to the spot to award Palace a penalty.
After having a look at his VAR screen, he adjudged Victor Lindelof to have handled the ball inside his penalty area. Jordan Ayew missed but goalkeeper David de Gea encroached off his line. Wilfried Zaha made no mistake from the retake.
Van de Beer did grab a debut goal with 10 minutes remaining but Zaha killed off the match five minutes later with a brilliantly taken goal.
In truth, it was an embarrassing performance from United.
But there will be one player who might feel even more embarrassed after the match - Bruno Fernandes.
That’s because clips of his shocking theatrics quickly went viral after he tangled with James McCarthy.
Take a look and check out the best reaction on Twitter:
In fairness, you can see Fernandes get trod on but there is absolutely no need for that reaction. It’s something we’ve seen previously from him and he seriously needs to stop.
He’s a fantastic player but he’s really starting to grow a bad reputation for his antics.
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