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Makeshift Manchester United won 4-0 against Crystal Palace

LONDON, May 7 – Michael Olise scored a string of goals as Crystal Palace completed a league double over Manchester United for the first time in their history with a resounding 4-0 win at Selhurst Park today, which will increase the pressure on Erik ten Hag.

A makeshift United defense, with Casemiro at centre-back, was easily picked apart by Palace on several occasions as Jean-Philippe Mateta and Tyrick Mitchell were also on the scoresheet in the impressive win.

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United remain in eighth place with 54 points from 35 games, two points behind Newcastle United in sixth place, as hopes of European football next season are fast fading. Palace are still in fourteenth place with 43 points from 36 games.

United had several injury absences and were without Bruno Fernandes. It was the first time in his 230-match Old Trafford career that he has missed a match with injury, but the ease with which they were defeated will be a major concern for everyone at the club.

“A big disappointment. We just had a bad day and we weren’t there,” midfielder Christian Eriksen told the BBC. “It is what it is. We can’t really change the injury things. We have to do what we can on the field to change that.

“Today it didn’t matter who we played against. Everyone could have done better. We tried to do what we could, but we weren’t good enough. We will take the blame as players.”

It is the first time in the Premier League era that United have lost thirteen games in a season and the score could have been even worse.

The home side took the lead inside twelve minutes when Olise collected a throw and evaded a weak challenge from Casemiro. With no United player trying to close him down, he was able to fire a low shot from inside the penalty area.

It was 2-0 five minutes before half-time when Mateta raced past United defender Jonny Evans and smashed the ball into the net for a ninth goal in 11 games since Glasner’s arrival in February.

The attacker previously scored eleven goals in his previous eighty games for Palace.

United’s makeshift defense struggled to contain the hosts’ movement and when Diogo Dalot failed to deal with a ball at the back post, Mitchell was tagged.

Olise’s second goal added more salt to the wound and it could have been worse for the visitors, as Odsonne Edouard saw his shot come back off the woodwork late on.

“I think we could have had a few more. That shows the potential we have to play against any team in the league,” said Palace defender Chris Richards. – Reuters