Crystal Palace won their first victory of the Premier League season on Saturday by defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to an early goal scored by Joachim Andersen. This loss was Manchester United’s fourth of the season.
After suffering a loss in their last home league encounter against Brighton and Hove Albion, the subpar hosts found themselves once again down in the 25th minute when Andersen blasted a shot into the top corner of the net.
Even though Palace had plenty of time to find an equaliser on their own soil, clear-cut opportunities were few and far between in the rain in Manchester, and Palace custodian Sam Johnstone had a peaceful day.
Mason Mount was unable to capitalise on United’s best opportunity in the second half, and Palace was able to hold on for the win, which pushed the away team up to ninth in the rankings, one spot higher than the 20-time defending champions of the Premier League.
United has never had a worse start to a Premier League season after seven games, as they now sit in ninth place with nine points and a goal difference of minus four. The 1989–1990 season was the last time they got out to a poorer start in a top-flight campaign than they did this season.
“We got into good positions, and we had free players,” our coach, Erik ten Hag, stated. We were unable to make a difference. At that point in the game, the quality was just insufficient to meet expectations. The last few minutes of the match did not see us perform to the best of our abilities.
“Of course it’s going to be annoying. Additionally, we came really near to one another. You need to have a keen mind and a clinical approach. It’s all about making the right choices. This outcome is now final and cannot be altered. You may always improve by watching other people play and learning from their mistakes.
Two weeks ago, United suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Brighton, putting an end to their home undefeated streak of 31 games across all competitions at Old Trafford.
Prior to Palace’s visit, Erik ten Hag’s squad had not suffered back-to-back defeats at home since falling to Liverpool and Manchester City in October and November 2021. The early signals pointed to a positive outcome for the match against Palace.
Signing worth a lot of money at the deadline When Rasmus Hojlund attempted to score an early goal by chipping the ball over Johnstone, his attempt was blocked off the line. Hojlund came close to scoring an early goal.
Nonetheless, Andersen’s seemingly out-of-nowhere goal, which was an arrowing shot into the top corner after being left all alone from a free kick, gave the home fans a sinking sensation once again.
The home team had difficulty creating any opportunities of significance in the first period, but they came out for the second half with renewed energy, forcing Johnstone to make two impressive stops very soon after the break.
After Mount’s opportunity was missed, Palace were generally untroubled, and Old Trafford erupted in booing as the final whistle blew. There were a few goalmouth scrambles as things grew frantic, but other than that, they were mainly untroubled.
Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace, has become the first manager in Premier League history to string together five consecutive journeys to Old Trafford without suffering a loss.
“I’m not even saying I could tell you about all the other games that have gone before,” he added. “I’m not even saying I could tell you about all the other games.” “But despite that, I’m fairly certain that I would have been pretty delighted after those as well.”