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It began as a week brimming with hope for Manchester United but ended as a profound disappointment when we suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

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Erik Ten Hag expressed his displeasure with several refereeing decisions during the match, but ultimately, his team had no one to blame but themselves as they suffered their fourth defeat in the new Premier League campaign.

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Here are five key talking points from Old Trafford as United endured their worst start to a league season in 34 years.

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Marcus Rashford had rested during the earlier encounter between these two sides in the hope that he would be the game-changer on Saturday. However, instead of making a difference, he delivered more of the same performances that have left him frustrated this season.

While Rashford deserves credit for his outstanding contributions last season, his wastefulness in the final third is becoming a growing concern. He had ample possession against Crystal Palace, indicating that he is doing some things right, but his decision-making in the final third and a tendency to go it alone let him down.

He may still be stuck in the habits of the previous season when he had limited support in the final third. Now, with a more credible partner in Rasmus Hojlund, they need to work together as a cohesive unit.

Rashford, once a problem solver, is now presenting another challenge to overcome.

Amrabat’s ideal position is evident.

United’s underperformance this season has been exacerbated by an injury crisis, which continued against Crystal Palace.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, and Sergio Reguilon all missed the match due to injury, leaving Erik Ten Hag with limited options to fill the defensive gaps and without three of his strongest back four.

This forced Sofyan Amrabat to play at left-back, a position that is clearly not his natural fit in the long run. While he impressed with his ball-handling skills, he struggled defensively and performed best when providing cover in midfield.

Amrabat deserves credit for his versatility and willingness to play where needed, but it appears evident that his true calling is in the midfield.

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