Man United 4 – Crystal Palace 0
Crystal Palace’s 2017-18 Premier League nightmare continues.
Few had too much faith that Palace would pick up their first point of the season at Man United on Saturday.
But could the Eagles at least score their first goal?No, of course they couldn’t.
An early goal from Juan Mata set the tempo for the match. Marouane Fellaini cashed in with a brace, while Romelu Lukaku tapped home a fourth after he’d previously missed a sitter.
Italian World Cup winning striker
Everything’s gone wrong for Palace this season.
Frank De Boer’s reign was short and painful, while Christian Benteke is out for months and there’s no backup striker on the books.
Bakary Sako filled in up front against Man United, but he’s not Roy Hodgson’s answer if the club are to rebound.
On Saturday evening, Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that Crystal Palace are hoping to sign an Italian World Cup winning striker to solve their striking woes.
Unfortunately the player in Palace’s viewfinder is 35-year-old Alberto Gilardino.
Gazzetta say the striker is keen to join up with Hodgson.
Has he been briefed about what’s going on at Selhurst Park?
Gilardino is a free agent after spending the back end of last season at Pescara. He spent time training with the Montreal Impact in recent months.
Parish "reportedly" telling fans on the train about Gilardino shows the level of professionalism he has or lacks should I say… #cpfc
— Matt Burrows (@MattyBurrows1) September 30, 2017
Alberto Gilardino would be a fun signing. A bit like when we signed Steffen Iverson. I’m all for it!#CPFC
— CPFC HQ (@CPFCHQ) September 30, 2017
In a red flag for the Eagles, Gilardino, who won the 2006 World Cup, scored no goals in three matches for his previous employers.
That said, Gilardino obviously has an impressive history. He’s starred at Parma, AC Milan and Fiorentina, and he could be in line for a final adventure in the Premier League.
Next up for Palace is a home match against Chelsea. After that they head north to take on Newcastle United.