By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 22:50 BST, 25 August 2019
Deontay Wilder milled around the inner sanctum of Old Trafford an hour after full-time, chatting to Manchester United players.
The WBC heavyweight champion talked with Paul Pogba about what had befallen United. A game they should not have lost, one they dominated but never truly controlled. Plenty of jabs without landing a knockout blow and Crystal Palace remained standing long enough to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeing stars at the end.
Solskjaer is frustrated, believing his side did enough to leave Molineux with a victory against Wolves on Monday and then beat Crystal Palace but Pogba and Marcus Rashford missed penalties at pivotal moments.
Manchester United's stuttering start to the new season continued with defeat on Saturday
The manager is right. United probably deserve more than four points from three matches. Yet there is an undeniable creativity gap. This young side do not possess the guile or craft to unlock opposition like Palace nearly as often as they ought to, particularly after having 71 per cent of the ball.
You might point to the 22 shots taken on Saturday as evidence that chances came and went but they were largely pot shots from distance, many easily blocked. United are fidgety in the final third, and attacking patterns become crowded.
'We created pressure but you have to hit the target, you have to score goals when you have those moments,' Solskjaer said.
Those moments were not in abundance and an over-reliance on individualism around the box is a theme.