Man Utd boss Solskjaer refuses to single out Lindelof despite error-strewn performance vs Palace
Palace built on a 1-0 win over Southampton last weekend by putting Solskjaer's men to the sword at Old Trafford, with an Andros Townsend strike and a brace from Wilfred Zaha wrapping up a 3-1 victory for Roy Hodgson's side.
Lindelof was included in the starting line up despite sitting out Sweden's UEFA Nation's League defeat to Portugal earlier this month due to fatigue, and failed to cover himself in glory on his return to competitive action.
The 26-year-old allowedJeffrey Schlupp to provide the cross for Townsend's opener, and was outmuscled by Zaha whenthe ex-United winger rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute.
The Swede also conceded the penalty which allowed Zaha to double Palace's account, but Solskjaer was reluctant to blame the centre-backfor a loss which served as solid proof of a lack of match fitness within his ranks.
"We all need games, we all need sharpness we all need time to get back to our best and I think we are going to get better," The Red Devils head coachsaid when quizzed on Lindelof's display post-match.
"But we are playing catch-up. Today we didn't defend as well as we could have done but I wouldn't want to point fingers at individuals."
Solskjaer went on to express his belief that Lindelof was wrongly penalised for ahandball in the box, before admitting thatthe referee's "harsh" decision to allow the resulting penalty to be retaken after David de Geakept out Jordan Ayew's initial effort was ultimately the correct one.
"I feel it is not a penalty because I think the ball comes from so close to Vic, where can he put his hands?" hesaid. "Then the decision to retake it was probably the right one if you follow the rules because David's heel, or both heels, were one inch off the line.
"It is harsh on David and us but probably the right decision if you follow the rules."
Solskjaer reserved praise for United's £35 million ($45m) summer signing Donny van deBeek, who came off the bench to net a debut goal following his switch from Ajax at the start of the month.
"He gave us a bit of belief that we could get something from the game," the Norwegian added. "Donny is bright, he sees space, he sees where the ball is going to land in the box and that is why we signed him.
Source : goal.com
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