Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace nearly ended up in a 1-0 defeat.

Patrick Van Aanholt found himself free in the 90th minute, poised to score the winner like he did against United in August 2019.

Dean Henderson had not been called upon much in the second half, and he moved quickly to shut down the attack.

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Henderson rushed out quickly to close down the space and blocked Van Aanholt’s effort with his leg.

It’s possible the Dutchman was offside, but Henderson took no chances. He may have saved his team, and who knows, this could turn out to be a crucial point by the end of the season.

This was a drab, uninspiring performance. Luke Shaw had a decent game and the defence was solid enough, but in attack United were miserable and in midfield, totally incohesive.

Henderson’s save was one of the game’s few highlights, and he was one of the players to come out of the match with credit.

 

David de Gea was not on the bench for personal reasons, believed to be because his wife is set to give birth.

De Gea may be back for the City game, but Henderson did his own chances no harm at all.

His late save was a sign he has adapted to being a United goalkeeper, where often you don’t have anything to do all game, and then get called on for a crucial moment at the end. He passed with flying colours.

Henderson did the rest of his tasks effectively, claiming corners and crosses and marshalling his defence. He now has eight clean sheets from 14.

Henderson was the main bright spot from a dismal performance. Here is a look at how fans reacted to his display…

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