Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace

Asked on the eve of this game why Ronald Koeman could secure results in the Barclays Premier League with a new set of players when it seemed he could not, Louis van Gaal declared himself different to other managers in the way he worked.

For 67 minutes here on Saturday that did not necessarily look like a good thing, as his Manchester United side produced yet another unconvincing display against opponents who will do well to remain in English football’s top flight beyond this season.

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