X reacts as injury-ravaged Man Utd slide to embarrassing defeat at Crystal Palace

  • Man Utd were thrashed by Crystal Palace on Monday night
  • Michael Olise among the star performers as Eagles tormented Red Devils
  • Social media was not impressed by Erik ten Hag's visitors
Man Utd were totally lifeless at Selhurst Park
Man Utd were totally lifeless at Selhurst Park / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Manchester United have had another season to forget in the Premier League and their injury-ravaged squad could do little to avoid sliding to defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Bruno Fernandes was the latest Red Devil to succumb to fitness issues, leaving a patched-up midfield and defence clueless in the face of an aggressive and cohesive Eagles outfit.

Having so many players out injured is hardly ideal, but those who were fit enough to play completely dishonoured themselves and their increasingly disheveled manager Erik ten Hag, who could offer little more than a stony expression on the touchline.

It ended 4-0, with Palace taking advantage of United's glaring weaknesses with two goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Michael Olise dribbled past Casemiro and struck home from the edge of the box before Jean-Philippe Mateta ran beyond Jonny Evans and thundered in at the near post.

The Red Devils once again lacked any visible identify, a feat made worse by the fact that Palace boss Oliver Glasner only took over in February. Casemiro could show no leadership or put any of his vast experience to use in one of his worst games ever, while Jonny Evans looked incredibly short of match fitness after a month out.

Understandably, Man Utd fans made some damning assessments at half-time.

Ten Hag went back into the visiting changing room at half-time with the hope of galvanising his troops - perhaps using the famous Football Manager line 'Good luck lads!' - but his words came to no avail as Palace bagged two more goals during the second half.

Tyrick Mitchell was on hard to convert from close range before Olise whacked in another from distance, catching goalkeeper Andre Onana awkwardly out of position.

If things were bad at 2-0, they were utterly shambolic at 4-0.

So where on earth does this new nadir leave Ten Hag? The Dutchman has done little to impress new investors Ineos and Sir Jim Ratcliffe may well have been feeling twitchy watching his new club sink to such a low.

With Arsenal up next, how much longer has Ten Hag got at Old Trafford?

Although...maybe...just maybe...they go and win at Arsenal next week? This is Manchester United we're talking about, after all, right?