Manchester United fell to an opening day defeat to Crystal Palace by a 3-1 margin, signaling several gaping holes in the squad.

Manchester United were beaten by Crystal Palace at the Old Trafford by a 3-1 margin on Saturday evening. Wilfried Zaha struck twice for the south Londoners before Andros Townsend had opened the scoring early on. Donny van de Beek scored his first goal for the club on his debut with a fine finish, but it was not enough to bring any fruition.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s opening day defeat signaled a bit of both- need for better players as well as a tactical downside. The Norway international will be hoping to bring in a few new men into the roster in the coming week as his side visits Brighton next week. Here’s a look at the five talking points from a lacklustre performance.

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MANCHESTER UNITED DESPERATELY NEED A LEFT-BACK

Luke Shaw had a pathetic showing against Crystal Palace, once again highlighting their need for a left-back. The Englishman was one of the most mediocre and least hungry players on the pitch. Shaw was easily beaten by Townsend to the first goal and it was the lowest of several lows in a match, where he also looked toothless going forward.

United were close to landing Sergio Reguilon before Tottenham Hotspur pounced in. The Red Devils are now in the running to sign Porto defender Alex Telles according to several claims. Telles will be a massive upgrade from Shaw and potentially help the team’s cause to finish in a top four spot. His transfer now seems only Ed Woodward’s to lose.

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