Five things we learned as Manchester United draw with Crystal Palace
Manchester United have drawn 0-0 with Crystal Palace.
If you can bear to read about the game, here is a look at five things we learned…
Luke Shaw’s strong form keeps going
Luke Shaw could easily have had two assists in the first 20 minutes, after overcoming an early injury scare.
He put in a good cross to Marcus Rashford who controlled the ball well, before firing narrowly wide. Another one found Bruno Fernandes in a good position, only for the midfielder to mis-hit his shot.
Shaw was a constant threat down the left and this match once again illustrated how he has developed a strong attacking side to his game.
Bruno Fernandes struggling for form
Bruno Fernandes has a good shout to win the player of the year award, and he is always held to the high standards he has set himself.
So it is noticeable when he is off his game, and after a disappointing performance against Chelsea, he failed to provide any inspiration in this match.
Unfortunately, when Fernandes doesn’t play well, neither do United.
Lack of options makes for a dull watch
If you made it through the game, congratulations. The first half was particularly dull, and the second was even worse.
United were sloppy, could not get hold of the game, and wasteful in front of goal. Sadly this kind of performance did not come as a surprise either.
After a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, and 0-0 at home to Sociedad another goalless effort was not what United fans wanted to sit through.
United were devoid of ideas, on the pitch and on the bench.
With Anthony Martial out injured, United had few proven options to turn to on the bench.
Cavani, Rashford, and Greenwood all started, while Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata were also out injured along with Martial.
Youngsters Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire were on the bench, but neither were players United would be wanting to turn to and ask them to break a tight away game, at this early stage of their careers.
United took Cavani off and replaced him with Dan James. With the score at 0-0, Palace were probably pretty happy with this.
Dean Henderson saves United
A 0-0 draw was nearly a 1-0 loss. Patrick Van Aanholt was through on goal in the 90th minute and Dean Henderson saved United.
Henderson was in for David de Gea was out for personal reasons. United’s deputy stepped up well.
He did well to claim a couple of crosses and was very competent when called upon.
Huge improvement needed for City game
If United play like this against City, our unbeaten away run will come to an end.
United have lost a spark, and key players are out of form.
Leicester only drawing tonight was a positive in light of us dropping points too, because at the moment United are playing for second place and not first.
The gap at the top has grown to 14 points. The title race is over, regardless of what happens on Sunday – but United still need to go to the Etihad and play well, and that will require a huge improvement on tonight.
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