Ole Gunnar Solskjaer EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United boss admits team ‘need to work on all aspects’ following Crystal Palace defeat

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has exclusively told talkSPORT that he believes his team need to work on ‘all aspects’ of their game following defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils were beaten against the odds on Saturday as Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt fired past David de Gea.

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Solskjaer was appointed midway through last season
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Ayew’s goal came massively against the run of play in the first half and Daniel James thought he’d salvaged a point for United with his 89th minute equaliser, however Van Aanholt struck in added time.

Reflecting on the story of the match, Solskjaer told talkSPORT: “We dominated the first half an hour, we pinned them back, but we didn’t have that last little change of tempo or the quality in the last bit.

“And when you concede a goal from just a long kick through the middle and lose a header – that was the first time we lost a header really – and he’s clean through on goal.

“So we need to work on all aspects of the game.”

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Van Aanholt’s goal will go down in Crystal Palace folklore
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With regards to his young stars, the Norwegian manager added: “Most of these kids have grown up wanting to play there, some of them academy kids, we prepare them to do that.

“Of course it’s easier when you win games to show your skills, but you know when you lose games, that’s when you wanna see the team coming together, helping the young players.

“Players want to stand up, that’s the chance to stand up, so I’m not afraid of that.”

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It all went wrong for Manchester United on Saturday
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Despite thumping Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day, United have emerged with only four points from a possible nine after three games.

When asked to reflect on Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves alongside today’s loss, Solskjaer concluded: “The last two games have been disappointing, I have to say, in the aspect of points collected because we deserved six points for the two games.

“We’re two penalties away from two wins probably, sometimes that’s not down to quality, it’s sometimes bad luck and today we created enough to win it, but we didn’t.”


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