Manchester United took on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as they looked for a repeat of the pair’s Carabao Cup clash earlier in the week, which the Red Devils won 3-0 to book a spot in the 4th round.
The Red Devils had no such luck on Saturday in the Premier League however as Crystal Palace went in front after 25 minutes via Joachim Andersen to pile the pressure on beleaguered boss Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman has seen his odds slip to 12/1 with Betfair to be the next Premier League manager sacked after overseeing Manchester United’s worst start to a season yet, with four matches lost and 11 goals conceded.
It leaves them seven points adrift of the top four and eight points off table-topping Manchester City, and dissatisfaction boiled over on social media over the weekend, with #TenHagOut trending on X.
Manchester United’s next league outing comes on October 7 vs Brentford and Ten Hag will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the 4-0 drubbing the Bees gave him when he first took charge of the Manchester outfit last season.
His side were perhaps unlucky on Saturday as VAR denied them a penalty after Joel Ward handled the ball inside the Palace box 58 minutes into the game only for nothing to be given, but it was the closest they came to finding the breakthrough in a game in which they dominated possession with 78% and 19 shots compared to Palace’s eight.
It was a fine day meanwhile for Roy Hodgson, who became the first manager to string together five unbeaten Premier League visits to Old Trafford in a row (W3 D2).