It was a tale of two half’s, as Louis van Gaal’s men dropped points once again in the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace. This marks the third straight match in all competitions that United have not found the back of the net.
After some criticism, David de Gea put in a man of the match performance to ensure United walked away with at least a point. United’s and de Gea’s clean sheet also marks the 7th one that they have kept, which tops the Premier League.
Here are United’s player ratings for the game…
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
David de Gea 8
Made some instinctive saves early and late in the match. Great positioning throughout the match to claim yet another clean sheet. He truly was the difference that allowed United to claim a point, rather than zero.
Marcos Rojo 5
The trickery of Yannick Bolasie bothered the Argentinean throughout the match, but did his best to deal with the threat.
Daley Blind 6
Slid right back into the old partnership with Smalling, as Jones was rested, and showed great quality on the ball. Nothing spectacular, but continues to be a solid option when called upon.
Chris Smalling 6
Not his best game, but was quality when needed to ensure that United kept the clean sheet. When or if he needs to be rested, will United still be the same in central defence?
Matteo Darmian 5
Without a doubt, the poorest player for United on the pitch, as his touch let him down going forward.On the defensive side of things, he was continually twisted around by Wilfried Zaha’s pace. Replaced at half to keep him from picking up a second yellow.
Morgan Schneiderlin 7
A nice, yet quiet game for the Frenchman. Provided some nice defensive coverage to keep the Palace attack out from the center of the park.
Bastian Schweinsteiger 6
In the first half he provided some great distribution, which helped United’s attack in the first half. Was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the second half, which saw the United attack slow down.
Juan Mata 6
Showed beautiful footwork and some real nice quality in the first half before being replaced by Jesse Lingard. Again, once he was replaced, United’s creativity lacked in the final third.
Ander Herrera 6
Another quiet game for the Spaniard, who not too long ago was bossing matches for United. Showed some good desire with some crunching challenges, but not too much offensively.
Anthony Martial 7
Unsurprisingly, offered the most threat moving forward with some brilliant play, and showed some impressive footwork. Faded a little late with some sloppy passing, but did create some problems.
Wayne Rooney 6
Took a poor free kick early and a wild shot mid-way through the second half, nonetheless, showed quality at times with some neat passing and good movement leading the line.
Ashley Young 7
On more than one occasion, provided some outstanding cover on the defensive side of the pitch late. Great pace moving forward, but his defensive duties, which included some brilliant tackles will be remembered.
Marouane Fellaini 5
Used his chest to bring down some balls thrown his way, but played some questionable defence on some balls there were thrown into the United box.
Jesse Lingard 5
Entered the game for Mata, however, was largely quiet and failed to make his mark on things. Has been given more chances of late due to the out of form and injured Memphis Depay.
Manager: Louis van Gaal 6
Introducing Fellaini and Lingard did little to help the match, but Young did make his mark. He’ll need to find a way to assure The Red Devils are scoring more goals moving forward.