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Manchester United humiliated after 4-0 thrashing by Crystal Palace – latest reaction

For Manchester United, a crumbling team led by a sinking manager, this was a night that provided so many snapshots of chaos that it was ultimately difficult to keep track of them all. Where do you even start? Maybe with Crystal Palace’s four goals, or the sight of Erik ten Hag standing helplessly on the touchline as they flew in?

Or you could look at the players, sloppy and disinterested, and the individual moments that showed how badly they were beaten here. For example, the statue of Casemiro flat on the ground, while younger and stronger men ran away from him. Or Antony yelling at a teammate in a fruitless attempt to avoid his own mistakes.

So many small moments of ineptitude, all adding up to paint a wider picture as United’s poor season threatens to become truly disastrous. In the Premier League they now sit in eighth place, out of reach of the European places and with little hope that anything will change for the better in the remaining weeks of this season. This was their 13th defeat of the campaign, a club record.

Ten Hag must know that his hope of staying in his job is disappearing, if not already extinguished. And that’s assuming he even wants to stay. Few would blame him for thinking differently, especially amid suggestions in the German press that Bayern Munich are interested.

This shell of a United team is now in real danger of missing out on European football. That would be a terrible outcome for Ten Hag on a personal level, and also for United as a club. No one was looking at this collapse at Palace and thinking about the balance sheet, but it could ultimately affect them there too.

It says so much about United today that Palace were considered favorites by many before this match, and they went on to play that way. It was Oliver Glasner’s Palace, not United, who played the football of the big teams, trading passes and flicks and attacking at every opportunity, with the brilliant Michael Olise leading the way.