Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team were no match for Crystal Palace after the Eagles hammered the Red Devils 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

Former winger Wilfried Zaha scored twice after Andros Townsend opened scoring while new United signing Donny Van Dan Beek scored a consolation goal on his debut.

“We didn’t deserve to get anything from the game,” he told Sky Sports. “We started badly and slowly; we looked like a team early on in their preparation in pre-season.

“You could see that they came flying out of the traps. You could see the difference between their prep with four friendlies and this is their third game this season whereas this is only our first game. We had one friendly last week but I think it showed. We were way short.

“You could see the physicality here this evening. They were sharper than us, they were stronger than us and we’ve got to catch up quickly. We can’t wait to have a normal pre-season and our next game [against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup, live on Sky Sports] is already on Tuesday.”

The defeat by Crystal Palace was the third opening-day home defeat Manchester United have suffered in the Premier League era.

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