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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

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Team rating: Bad

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Starters

David De Gea: 6/10

Poor distribution, but a couple really nice saves. No help at all from his defenders on two of the goals. Did his job on the penalty, but it was retaken back because VAR can do that when you take a step now.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: 4/10

Not a good display from Fosu-Mensah. Clearly a stand-in as AWB gets up to speed. Some head scratcher moments, and very poor to continually let Palace in down the right. Made a good cross that Greenwood should have buried.

Victor Lindelof: 3/10

Another worrying display from the Swede. Awful defending on the third goal, not in position to deal with the first. Unfortunate due to his close proximity, but did have his arm up to give away the penalty.

Harry Maguire: 4/10

Not very influential as captain today. Defense lacked shape, poor communication at time. Made a few decent clearances.

Luke Shaw: 4/10

Both of United’s full backs struggled today, but the better play was on the left. Shaw was at fault for the first goal, and offered very little going forward. First game back after a long time off, hopefully he wakes up next time around.

Paul Pogba: 5/10

Took a couple shots from outside the area, off for Van De Beek in the second half. Not nearly as influential as he could have been, but far from the worst player on the pitch. Made some key defensive plays too, but the midfield desperately lacked control.

Scott McTominay: 4/10

Not very useful today. Struggled last season to be influential in possession, and did the same today. Didn’t stabilize midfield. Had a couple defensive plays.

Daniel James: 4/10

Took some ill advised chances with other options open. Part of a weak right hand side in the first half. Subbed off for Greenwood at halftime.

Bruno Fernandes: 5/10

Far from his influential best today. Had a couple shots blocked, and a free kick too, but didn’t provide what has come to be expected. Likely also needs to shake off some pre-season rust.

Marcus Rashford: 4/10

Not able to influence the match at all, looks rusty after coming back from a pre-season injury. Needs to get involved more and make better decisions on the ball.

Anthony Martial: 4/10

Struggled to get into the game. Rest of the squad’s struggles contributed to Tony’s, but needs to do his own work to get into the swing of things.

Substitutes

Donny Van De Beek: 7/10

Good debut from the new lad. Came on and looked much sharper than his teammates, and got United’s only goal.

Mason Greenwood: 5/10

Came on at halftime and was an improvement on Dan James. Got into a couple nice positions, but absolutely had to bury the header off of Fosu-Mensah’s cross. United’s best chance up to that point, and should have been an equalizer.

Odion Ighalo: N/A

Not on til late, and didn’t really get to make an impact.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 3/10

United were lacking from the start in this one. The lack of a pre-season and time between seasons is clearly taking a toll, but poor preparation for a match United were very much expected to win. Didn’t put out a team that made much sense, and probably should have started Van De Beek over McTominay or Pogba, both of whom did not look too sharp. Good subs in Greenwood and VDB, but arguably should have started both of them. Not a good start to the season, must recover next week with, hopefully, a team that looks fresh and prepared instead of one that looks dead on arrival.

Also, Ole needs reinforcements and depth. Get the deals done, Ed. We are actually begging.

Chairman

Ed Woodward: 1/10

Van De Beek was a good signing, so maybe do more good signings.