It took until 20 minutes for the home team to have the first intimidation, after the effort of Marcus Rashford and Pogba’s long shot.
The kick-off of the French midfielder did not go into the goal, but it shocked the team spirit. Two minutes later, McTominay cut his heart close to the 16m50 line, sending the ball narrowly deviating from the post.
This excitement did not last long, when the visitors tightened the squad, and Man Utd lacked a mutation when the ball was around the penalty area. In front of a large number of white-shirt defenders, “Red Devils” hardly put the ball down two sides to stretch this defense block. Rashford on the left flank tended to squeeze in, and Daniel James did not have a successful cross in 45 minutes on the field. At the end of the first half, the home team almost lost the second goal, if De Gea could not use the fingertips to push Jordan Ayew’s close-range shot.
After the break, Solskjaer brought Mason Greenwood in for Daniel James, but brought nothing new in the attack. Not only that, in the home field, Man Utd continued to play like a dream. 49 minutes, McTominay lost the ball in the middle of the field. Ayew led the ball 30m, before stretching to the near corner. But De Gea continued to choose the right position.
Compared to the first 45 minutes, the two defenders of Man Utd, Luke Shaw and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, rose higher. It was Fosu-Mensah that created a delicious opportunity for Greenwood in the 60th minute when he crossed the ball and eliminated all the white shirt defense. However, at close range, unaccompanied, the young English striker hit his head out. Unable to wait any longer, Solskjaer brought rookie Van De Beek into the field in the middle of the second half to replace Pogba, at the same time pulling Bruno Fernandes back down. He hopes the Dutch midfielder’s newness will make the Crystal Palace defender unable to play. However, when the Norwegian coach’s personality could not take effect, De Gea’s net vibrated for the second time.