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RTL Today – Crystal Palace defeated Man Utd 4-0 and leaves Ten Hag’s future in doubt

Manchester United are at risk of failing to qualify for Europe next season after a dismal 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace left the Red Devils in eighth place in the Premier League.

Michael Olise scored twice, either side of goals from the in-form Jean-Philippe Mateta and Tyrick Mitchell, as the Eagles’ revival since the appointment of Oliver Glasner as manager continues.

The time for a change of boss at Old Trafford could soon arrive as Erik ten Hag fails to stop a slide in his second season in charge.

Since the 1989/90 season, United have only been absent from European competition once.

That came after finishing seventh in David Moyes’ only season a decade ago and the Scot was sacked with four games of the season remaining.

United have never been lower than seventh in the Premier League era but are keeping an eye on that possibility as Arsenal chase the title heading into Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ten Hag has regularly mentioned injury problems as a mitigation for his team’s problems.

The Dutchman was forced to put together a makeshift back line when Casemiro replaced out of position at centre-back, alongside 36-year-old Jonny Evans.

Captain Bruno Fernandes was also absent as his proud record of never missing a club match due to injury in his career came to an end.

But there was little excuse for United’s lack of fight or quality, who recorded their only Premier League win in their last seven games against relegated Sheffield United.

Palace are unbeaten in the last five as former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Glasner’s project takes shape.

The south London club will have to fend off interest in Olise and Eberechi Eze if they want to achieve even better things under the Austrian next season.

Olise has attracted interest from United, Manchester City and Chelsea and showed why when he slipped through the center of the visitors’ defense before firing low past AndrĂ© Onana.

United failed to get a single shot on target in the first half but were unlucky not to be on par with the flow of play.

Casemiro’s header fell into the net after Rasmus Hojlund collided with Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson and was heavily penalized for a push.

But a two-goal lead at half-time was the least Palace’s superiority deserved.

Mateta is a man who has transformed under Glasner, scoring his ninth goal in 11 games after skipping past Evans’ leaden feet with ease.

There was no response from United after half-time on an evening that could be the final straw for the club’s new leading group in deciding Ten Hag’s future.

Some heroics from Onana briefly kept the score down as he saved from Eze, Will Hughes and Mitchell in quick succession.

But he was powerless to deny Mitchell a rare goal from close range as United were cut open from a set-piece.

Onana was then caught by the force of Olise’s attack which flew past the Cameroonian.

The margin of defeat took United’s goal difference to -3, telling the story of a miserable season for the 20-time English champions.

The FA Cup final against Manchester City offers Ten Hag a final chance for redemption, should he remain in charge until May 25.

However, on this evidence, United fans will fear that City’s double chase at Wembley could riot and cause the ultimate humiliation.