Manchester United suffered back-to-back Premier League home defeats as Crystal Palace ran out 1-0 winners at Old Trafford this afternoon.
This latest setback, which comes a fortnight after their humbling 1-3 loss to Brighton, increases further pressure on manager Erik ten Hag who has already presided over four league defeats in the Red Devils’ opening seven contests.
Furthermore, it’s the first time United have lost consecutive home games since against Liverpool and Manchester City in late 2021, which turned out to be their final two home league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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A goal from an unlikely place ultimately decided today’s game. Joachim Andersen’s brilliant first-time effort in the 25th minute separated the sides. His surprise was somewhat warranted as coming into this latest round of Premier League fixtures Palace had yet to score in the first half of a game this season.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 30, 2023
They’ve now registered only seven goals in the opening 45 minutes this year.
Even with the odds stacked against them Eagles head coach Roy Hodgson must have slightly fancied their chances. With success, he becomes the first manager in Premier League history to go five consecutive away league games against Manchester United unbeaten (two draws and three wins).
In fact, all three of Palace’s Premier League wins at Old Trafford have come under him (1-2 in 2019, 1-3 in 2020 and 0-1 in 2023).