Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed their involvement in Europa League last season on their opening day loss against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian admits United deserved the humiliation after a below par showing that saw United ex-attacker Wilfried Zaha hit a brace in what looked like a revenge mission.

“You can see we are short and they deserved the points. They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We started off slowly and that had a knock-on effect for the rest of the game when they got the first goal,” Solskjaer said after the game.

Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United v Crystal Palace – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 19, 2020 Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scores their second goal from the penalty spot after the penalty was retaken due to Manchester United’s David De Gea coming off his line Pool via REUTERS/Martin Rickett

The Red Devils had 34 days after their Europa League semi-final exit against Sevilla to prepare for the Palace game, but the former Cardiff boss, sees no better reason for the loss.

“We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper. We’ve worked hard with the ones who’ve been here, there have been a few players away on internationals.

Usual starters Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Greenwood were named on the bench as star midfielder Paul Pogba was taken off just after the hour mark with the United fan base growing disgruntled over the on-pitch showing and the club’s transfer activity.

Wan-Bissaka: More to come from Man Utd, that's why I'm here
Usual starters Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Greenwood were named on the bench. PHOTO/COURTESY

New boy Donny van de Beek opened his United account eleven minutes after replacing Pogba in the 67th minute.

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