Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn't hide his disappointment after watching his side lose 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils fell to their first defeat of the season after a win and a draw in their opening two fixtures. Daniel James’ late equaliser had cancelled out Jordan Ayew’s first-half strike, before Patrick van Aanholt's dramatic stoppage time winner snatched the win for the visitors.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer reflected on a number of issues from the game - ranging from the defeat itself to several penalty claims that went unrewarded, as well as providing injury updates on Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw.
On Manchester United’s Performance
“The first half was poor. In the first half-an-hour you're feeling you're controlling it and maybe it seems too easy," Solskjaer said. “We didn't really have that zip and urgency about us and they scored with the first chance.”
“In the second half, I thought we were excellent. We were pressing, pushing, creating chances, just not scoring. We didn't have that Midas touch today.”
Solskjaer was gracious in defeat, though, praising Crystal Palace for the quality of their performance. He added: “We knew they were going to come here to defend well and counter attack. They've got pace up front, they've got quality up front and they had three chances, scoring two goals.
“They shouldn't really be chances, really, two of them. Maybe they could have come at us, but that happens. They scored a good goal.”
Penalty Decisions & Marcus Rashford's Miss
United were awarded a penalty after the hour mark, when Luka Milivojevic clipped Scott McTominay in the area. While that spot kick was correctly awarded, Solskjaer was frustrated that a number of other penalty calls weren’t given.
“There were a few other [penalties that should’ve been given], definitely. Fine margins, isn't it?” he said.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were the unlucky players to be bundled over without reward, but when for the one they were awarded, it was Rashford who stepped up - just six days after Paul Pogba missed against Wolves against Molineux - only to see his effort strike the post and ricochet away.
Solskjaer backed his young striker, though, adding: “We're disappointed of course that we didn't win the game and I'm sure Marcus will look at his penalty again, but he'll definitely step up again and score.”
Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw Injury Updates
Shaw was replaced just after the half-an-hour mark, while Martial was struggling towards the end of the game - though Solskjaer gave little away about the pair's condition..
“We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully they won't be too bad and maybe we can have them training during the week.”
On Martial, Solskjaer added: “For the last five minutes we should have managed them better, because Anthony [Martial] was injured. He was hobbling around, so he couldn't really give us anything, so we played with 10 men.”