By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Published: 21:49 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 22:20 BST, 19 September 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Manchester United players to look at themselves in the mirror rather than worry about the lack of new signings after losing their opening game at home to Crystal Palace.
Donny van de Beek, United’s sole recruit so far in this transfer window, scored on his debut following a £40million move from Ajax but that was the only positive on a dismal evening at Old Trafford.
Told that defender Luke Shaw had said United need reinforcements before the deadline next month, Solskjaer reminded his players that they are capable of performing significantly better.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called on his players to look themselves in the mirror after a 3-1 defeat
Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace inflicted opening day misery for Man United
‘We have to all look at ourselves in the mirror,’ said the United boss. ‘We can play so much better than today. If you look at the players we have on the pitch and on the bench, we have to look within first.
‘It was an off-day. Everyone knows they can improve, and we need to improve quickly.
‘Today was a performance you don’t see often. These players are better than that.’
Solskjaer admitted that United played like a team who finished last season three weeks after most of their Premier League rivals due to Europa League commitments, and are still short of match sharpness.
‘I’m very disappointed but sometimes you can’t be