Daniel James: Man Utd Winger 'unlucky' to be booked for diving - Solskjaer

Daniel James: Man Utd Winger 'unlucky' to be booked for diving - Solskjaer

Patrick Van Aanholt's stoppage-time victor gave Palace their first league win at Old Trafford since 1989, with United left to rue Marcus Rashford's missed penalty, which span across the face of goal after striking the left-hand post just after the hour.

James' sensational finish seemed to have sounded a victory charge, yet De Gea failed to make what should have been a simple near-post save from Patrick van Aanholt's 93rd-minute attempt, as Palace claimed their first league win over United since 1991. "I would have said the same if we'd had a different result", he insisted. "We know it's just the start and there are relationships to be worked on".

Speaking ahead of facing Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, United boss Solskjaer defended his players and said that too much has been made of the switch in takers.

Rashford took the responsibility on this occasion but similarly fluffed his lines and questions over United's approach to penalties are now sure to linger, especially given the ramifications of their latest miss.

As the Red Devils should've taken their chances, Crystal Palace went up the other end and scored with their first chance of the game.

"We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that". As United fans and players cried for a penalty, referee Paul Tierney decided not to award a spot kick and a VAR check didn't overturn his decision.

FW Anthony Martial, 6 - Caused Palace's defence problems and probably should have had a penalty when he spun Martin Kelly in the box with a clever turn. But that was a goal of United's own making.

James looked to have sparred his team-mate's blushes with a wonderful effort, only for De Gea to gift Palace the win when he parried Van Aanholt's shot straight down and over the line. It would have been easy in the second half to leave on the more experienced Jesse Lingard as United went looking for a goal, but Solskjaer was quick to throw on Greenwood instead.

Moments later, a flurry of sickening racist tweets were directed at Rashford in anger at his failure to convert from the spot. Would it really be so bad to give Alexis Sanchez, a player apparently being encouraged to leave on loan to Inter, another chance in the squad?

This is not quite the time for panic at United. We should have dealt better with the last five minutes. "We trust them to score again".

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