Poor United Play Out A Drab Goalless Draw At Selhurst Park

  1. I am lost for words at the end of a very poor performance by United against Crystal Palace away from home in this mid-week fixture. On a misty night in London – a manager of another club would have certainly made the conditions as an excuse – it was almost incredible the lack of cohesion in United’s play. Rashford, Fernandes, Matic, Fred, Cavani and the list continues, all looked out of sorts and misplaced numerous passes, some of them where it was more difficult to miss rather than to get it right. After a slow first half, it was expected that the United players would raise the level of performance after the break but I dare say that it was even worse than the first period. As the game drifted, frustration was creeping in and United just huffed and puffed without much end product to trouble Guaita in the Palace goal. United’s midfield was crying for some quality for the whole match and Cavani – back from a couple of weeks out – had to live on scraps and never got to try his luck at goal during the 75 minutes spent on the pitch.
  2. The fact that Pogba is being heavily missed – particularly as Bruno is hitting a rough patch – is a given, even more against teams which on paper are weaker than United. The problem today was bigger than that though. Some of the game-changers for United seemed to be off the pace and as the match progressed, it was very difficult to visualise United getting a goal and from where it would come. Arguably, United did not need to include two defending midfielders against Palace and even if Ole wanted to play it safe at the start, but I would have expected one of Matic and Fred to be replaced by an attacker and Bruno to play deep and get more on the ball. The Manager did not risk such a move though and paid the price for it.
  3. The only positive note that Ole takes from the match however is the performance of Henderson. Another clean sheet and a crucial safe on Van Anhoolt at the dead, which at least preserved the draw and one point for United to take back home. Sit Alex used to say that the quality of a United keeper is seen when after not being tested for the whole match, the keeper is focused and sharp enough to make the save from the cold. I’ve heard Ole saying such also earlier this season and young Henderson must have proven today that he is a United keeper. His save at the end of the match was top drawer, quickly coming out of the goal to smother the shot by the opponent’s player, who was all alone in front of Henderson. Should he keep his place for the derby on Sunday. Maybe. He certainly has the right attitude and is on a roll.

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