Manchester United’s season got underway with a shock 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace as Wilfried Zaha grabbed a late double for the visitor in the Premier League on Saturday although VAR was once again the centre of attention.

United looked off the pace early on as Andros Townsend put Palace in front after seven minutes, with the home side’s campaign starting a week later than initially scheduled due to last season’s Europa League commitments running into mid-August.

Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay went close as United chased an equaliser but the host could have gone in two goals behind at halftime, with only a brilliant David De Gea save keeping a goal-bound Jordan Ayew strike out.

Premier League highlights: Crystal Palace beats Manchester United 3-1

United brought Mason Greenwood on at halftime but its task was made more difficult when the VAR decided that referee…

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