Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team needs to rediscover their “spark” after a goalless draw at Crystal Palace, the visitors’ third in a row.
In a drab match at Selhurst Park, the Red Devils never looked like scoring, and their failure to win dealt a blow to their already slender Premier League title hopes.
Manchester United now trail leaders Manchester City by 14 points, with the two teams meeting on Sunday.
In response to a question about his team’s recent form, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Of course, this is a cause for concern.
“It helps to win games when you have three clean sheets in a row, but we haven’t delivered the consistency.
“All we have to do now is rekindle the fire, rekindle the efficiency, and try to win the games.”
Gary Neville, a former Manchester United defender, accused the squad of “sleepwalking” and turning in results that would help their top-four rivals.
The Sky Sports pundit said, “It wasn’t a good night for United.” “You can’t be boring no matter who’s in charge, and that was boring.”
“In sports, they’re sleepwalking.” If they don’t take precautions, they’ll find themselves in a top-four race.”
The visitors had the majority of possession but failed to create several significant chances, with Nemanja Matic coming closest in the first half, forcing Vicente Guaita into a good save.
After a decent one-two with Christian Benteke, Palace did not manage a shot on goal until early in the second half, when Jordan Ayew fired straight at keeper Dean Henderson.
However, the hosts had a chance to win it right at the end when Patrick van Aanholt was put through on target, but Henderson denied him.
Crystal Palace now has 34 points and are 11 points clear of the relegation zone, putting Roy Hodgson’s side closer to ensuring another season in the Premier League.