Man of the Match: Crystal Palace vs Man Utd (Premier League)

This was the second trip to the Capital in just over 72 hours for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, and we saw United once again drawing nil-nil for the third game in a row. This means that United have not scored a goal in their last three games. United were at one time serious title contenders, top of the League, but now 14 points adrift of the Leaders City, who we face, at the Etihad Stadium, on Sunday. Gary Neville could not have put it any better. United were “sleepwalking”, he opined. United were indeed ‘really lethargic’ and ‘well off it’, ‘the body language just looked really drained’.

Back in September, first game of the season, Palace had run out 3-1 winners at Old Trafford a game that featured Donny van de Beek’s United debut and his one and only (consolation) goal. United had played better on that day then they did this time with just one shot on target.

On this performance it is difficult to place the player that had the most influence in this match. I would thus opt for keeper Dean Henderson. He had little to do throughout the game but dealt with everything he faced with confidence, handling Palace’s aerial balls well He made a huge match-winning save at the death, a save that David De Gea would have been proud of.

So next up City, who have won their last 21 games in all competitions. No doubt, that a loss here will put a definite end to this season’s United’s title hopes.

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