Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection after the Red Devils registered their third straight 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
United’s failure to find the backk of the net was extended to more than four hours when Solskjaer’s team drew against Roy Hodgson’s men at Selhurst Park.
United form has taken a nosedive in recent weeks and it was the third consecutive 0-0 draw in all competitions, after matches against Real Sociedad and Chelsea in the last six days.
The red Devils played out a goaless draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday which was deemed satisfactory, United needed to beat Palace to consolidate second place and Hargreaves believes Solskjaer’s negative tactics contributed to the team’s third straight draw.
“It’s their third 0-0 in a row they had one in the Europa League and they had one against Chelsea,’ Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.
“There was no running in behind or making space for other people. They were quite static, Palace were quite comfortable, everything was in front of them.
“Sometimes you need somebody to make a run for somebody else, that didn’t happen. They tried to get Bruno on the ball but he was too crowded out.
“I don’t think it was a game where you needed two defensive midfielders, Matic and Fred, who gave the ball away a lot as well so maybe find a way to get another attacker on when you dominate the ball. Ole will say one shot on target against a team that defensive, they definitely need more.”
Next for United is the daunting task of a trip to the Etihad to take on rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s team have won their last 21 matches in all competitions, although United have won their last three trips to the Etihad stadium.