A dismal opening 45 minutes for Manchester United in the club’s meeting with Crystal Palace this afternoon was compounded by a worrying blow on the injury-front.
Palace in front
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently locked in action with the Eagles at Old Trafford, in their 3rd outing of the season.
United headed into proceedings hoping for an immediate bounce-back display, after seeing an impressive first-half showing disappointingly fizzle out into a 1-1 stalemate with Wolves on Monday night.
The opening 45 minutes this afternoon, though, proved far from what the doctor ordered.
Despite dominating possession, the hosts struggled to create any opportunities of note, save for a Daniel James effort which was blocked on the line.
And this lack of incisiveness proved costly for United just past the half-hour mark, as a long ball into the heart of the Red Devils’ back-line saw Victor Lindelof beaten in the air by Jeffrey Schlupp, sending Jordan Ayew clean through to slot past David De Gea in style.
As such, Palace have since headed into the interval with a 1-goal lead.
And an all-round abysmal opening half of football for United this afternoon was also compounded by a blow on the injury front.
The player to have picked up the problem, meanwhile, was Luke Shaw.
After playing a pass inside shortly before Palace’s go-ahead goal, English international Shaw could immediately be seen to be clutching his hamstring.
After being tended to by the home side’s medical team, and returning to the fray, though, the left-back was eventually forced off to be replaced by Ashley Young:
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