The new manager Erik ten Hag was in attendance for Ralf Rangnick’s final game in charge and there is no doubt that the Dutchman will have lots to take away from the performance on display this afternoon.
Despite dominating possession (62%), having more shots on target, and almost twice as many passes completed than Patrick Vieira’s side, the Red Devils failed to take their chances throughout the game which has been the story of their season.
Unlike Man United, Crystal Palace didn’t take their chances for granted, with Wilfried Zaha scoring in the 37th minute, which was one of three of their shots on target over the game, leading to a final day victory for the hosts.
One player in particular who embarrassed himself in front of his new manager sitting in the stands was Bruno Fernandes, who recently signed a new contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford for four years.
According to SofaScore, the Portuguese lightweight lost the ball a shocking 29 times, committed two fouls, won only 33% of his duels combined and made the error leading to Zaha’s goal.
It was undoubtedly a performance that the midfielder will want to forget and will hope Ten Hag is willing to forget too.
Following today’s result, Man United have finished their campaign on a goal difference of zero for the first time ever and tallied their lowest amount of points over a season in their Premier League history, whilst falling into their longest trophy drought for 40 years, so big changes are clearly in desperate need.
The former Ajax coach has now seen for himself how much work there is to do at the club and will spend the summer identifying ways to improve the team and implementing his philosophy at Old Trafford with the full backing of the board when it comes to making transfers.
After winning back to back titles with the Eredivisie giants, Ten Hag will want to continue his pursuit for trophies in the Premier League and will surely be ruthless in building a team he believes can compete during his tenure.
Therefore, the current players, and Fernandines in particular after this game, will need to step up and improve if they want to continue to play for the club.