Manchester United have lost four of their opening seven games of the English Premier League season for the first time after Crystal Palace won 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag’s side looked to have turned a corner with wins against Burnley and Palace in the Carabao Cup, but Joachim Andersen’s first-half strike turned the skies gloomy again for the United boss on Saturday.
Sky Sports reports that the response from United in attack was limited, with Sam Johnstone largely untested in front of a disgruntled home crowd.
He said: “I feel like when you’re watching Man Utd, it’s like watching Subbuteo. You blow the whistle to kick-off and at half-time, everyone is in exactly the same position as they were when they started the game. There’s no movement.
“When you manage big football clubs, you’re under pressure and you’re under more pressure when the neighbours win. If they [Man City] had won today, then it really cranks up… it’s a must for them to get into the top four this season.”