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Three Man United players must be blamed for Cole Palmer’s winning goal after new footage emerges



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Manchester United allowed Chelsea star Cole Palmer to score the latest Premier League winner in history on Thursday evening.

The Reds lost the game 4-3 after entering the 99th minute of the clash 3-2 up. Palmer’s last-gasp goals stole all three points from the visitors at Stamford Bridge.

It was an evening that essentially confirmed United would not be making a late charge to pressurise Tottenham Hotspur for the fifth place spot, which will likely secure Champions League qualification.

Despite a brace from Alejandro Garnacho and a headed goal from Bruno Fernandes, Erik ten Hag’s side bottled another game in the important moments.

Cole Palmer’s winner labelled ‘shocking’

Palmer scored two penalties, but United’s players decided to allow him an easier chance at goal in the 11th minute of the game.

The former Manchester City man, who has been the standout player for Chelsea this term, was allowed to receive the ball from a short corner, move towards the box and then shoot without an ounce of pressure from any opposition players.

Of course, it landed in André Onana’s net, via a Scott McTominay deflection, and ruined United’s evening, but it was the lack of pressing towards the ball at that moment which was really stunning.

Former United winger and MUTV presenter Ben Thornley described the moment as ‘poor’.

“Not having someone switched on from the short corner is poor,” Thornley said. “It’s a bad result considering when the board went up, we were cruising and looked comfortable.

“You have to be switched on, and I know the lads have given everything, but you have to be mentally switched on.”

New angle shows three United players need to take more responsibility

The goal was a killer, and a replay from an overhead angle shows clearly the players that were aware of the short corner routine from Chelsea but looked for someone else to deal with it.

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Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Mason Mount can all be seen pointing towards Palmer as he makes the run towards the corner to receive. They are all looking for one of their teammates to deal with it and not pressurise themselves.

In a last-second moment, with the game now tied up, if you see the run of the most dangerous Chelsea player, you track it.

It’s not a normal game situation where you must stick to your roles stuck up on the wall in the changing room. Take charge of the moment because it is a vital one, and United’s men let themselves down instead.

Whilst you can also criticise the likes of Marcus Rashford, who does not even seem aware of the potential danger, if a man sees the issue, they need to stop it. Those who did looked for someone else to deal with it.