Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjr has acknowledged that his team’s lack of cutting edge is a “concern” after they were held to a third consecutive goalless draw, leaving them 14 points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s derby.
United only managed one shot on goal at Selhurst Park in a drab performance that came after another drab stalemate at Chelsea on Sunday and a 0-0 Europa League draw against Real Sociedad last week.
“Of course, if you don’t build enough chances to win a game, you’re not happy,” Solskjr said. “It’s been a week without a goal, and three games without a goal might seem like a lot. It’s a concern, but I know the boys are giving it their all because we play every few days. I like my attitude and approach, but we need to get back to what we know we can do in terms of efficiency.
“The pace was off, which occurs now and then. It wasn’t one of our better nights, to say the least. Roy Hodgson often sets his teams up to be extremely difficult to play against, as he did tonight. All we have to do now is rekindle the fire, regain the quality, and win the games.”
Dean Henderson’s last-minute save to deny Patrick van Aanholt ensured Palace had yet to win at home against United in the Premier League in 12 attempts after David de Gea was forced to miss the match due to personal reasons. Solskjr declined to say whether or not the Spaniard will be available for the derby, but he did say Henderson has proven to be a capable understudy.
“I can’t say anything about David because it’s a personal matter. Dean, on the other hand, is prepared to help if needed. He maintained his focus and saved us a point, which was possibly the best chance of the game. We were in desperate need of him.”