Manchester United fell to a shock 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at an empty Old Trafford, where their former winger Wilfried Zaha netted twice amid VAR drama.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggled throughout the evening in Saturday’s season opener.
The Red Devils’ performance only highlighted the need to improve, with Palace winning at Old Trafford for the second successive season.
Andros Townsend capitalised on poor defending to give the Eagles an early lead that Zaha added to after a farcical period of video assistant referee intervention.
De Gea saved Jordan Ayew’s spot-kick after referee Martin Atkinson had checked the pitchside monitor and adjudged Victor Lindelof to have handled, only for Palace to be granted another attempt for the United goalkeeper marginally straying off his line.
Zaha slammed home the retaken spot-kick and, having seen United debutant Donny van de Beek pull one back, fired home another as his first match in the captain’s armband ended with a dream win at the place he used to call home.
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