Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s worst nightmare as Manchester United’s summer of turmoil extends to the pitch with Wilfried Zaha scoring twice to haunt his old club at Old Trafford.Download Highlight : Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 1-3
Wilfried Zaha scored twice on his return to Manchester United. Zaha featured in just four games during his year-long spell at United earlier in his career, but he came back to haunt his former club as his retaken penalty (74) doubled Palace’s lead following Andros Townsend’s early opener (7).
Palace stunned the hosts after just seven minutes. Tyrick Mitchell sent Jeff Schlupp on his way down the left and with Victor Lindelof failing to stop the inviting low cross, Townsend nipped in front of Luke Shaw to stab home at the far post.
By then, David de Gea had already escaped punishment for a sloppy clearance, and Townsend clearly looked in the mood as he sent another shot from distance wide of the Spaniard’s goal moments later.
Donny van de Beek, their only signing so far, came off the bench in the second half to score United’s goal but, on the evidence of this performance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side desperately need more reinforcements, particularly at the back.
Manchester United travel to face Luton Town in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 8.15pm). Brighton host United in the Premier League next Saturday at 12.30pm.
Crystal Palace host Everton next Saturday at 3pm in the Premier League.