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Player Ratings: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 1-3 | Premier League | Player Ratings

David De Gea: 6.5

Hands down, David de Gea was our best performer all round. You’d think after conceding 3 goals in a match, the man between the sticks has to take accountability, however, despite the negativity that has surrounded him he played well. Saved a penalty, which had to be re taken and did his upmost to keep us in the game until it was taken out our hands. Nothing but respect for his performance tonight, the plot in terms of the Manchester United number 1 story thickens.

Defence

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: 5

Fosu Mensah played in the place of an absent Wan Bissaka who was unfit to feature. Quite like all our fullbacks that Ole favours he was extremely safe, opting to play the ball back and not beat his opposing fullback. While some of the better things we did offensively came through him, I felt his performance left a lot to be desired.

Victor Lindelof: 3

Different season, same antics from our Centre back partnership. Lindelof lacked vitality at the back, he looked extremely weak. Palace’s first goal was a product of his vulnerability on on one. The second was an unfortunate penalty but it was his hand ball and the the third was downright poor from the Swede.

Harry Maguire: 3

Defensively, although not great, the Manchester United captains performance didn’t stoop down to Lindelof’s showing he was extremely sloppy. On the left hand side he got into some good positions but continued to lose the ball.

Luke Shaw: 3

Luke Shaw’s Manchester United career is drifting. Player of the year some years ago yes, but he hasn’t taken off. The player we saw at Southampton isn’t there. He doesn’t take a man on, his crossing is abysmal, Left back does been upgrading and his performance tonight only served to highlight that.

Midfield

Scott McTominay: 4

McTominay does contribute to the squad, his passion and ability to win the ball back when getting stuck into tackles is always good to see. However, unlike Nemanja Matic, he can’t maintain possession and actually play to progress the game.

Paul Pogba: 3

Considering Paul Pogba recovered from coronavirus last week his performance was perhaps expected which is precisely why he shouldn’t have started. This has to be the worst I’ve seen him play, tried so many passes and barely any came off. Shocking showing from Pogba.

Bruno Fernandes: 4

Bruno Fernandes has now lost his first game in the Premier League in a Manchester United shirt. Judging him by his usual high standards, Fernandes was way off it.

Attack

Marcus Rashford: 2

Rashford has picked up where he left off with sub par performances. His underwhelming showings are beginning to stack up now. The result wasn’t his fault but is he doing enough to effect games? I don’t think so.

Daniel James: 4

James came off the back of a good International break with Wales. I felt he probably deserved to start today on merit but with logic it wasn’t the greatest of decisions. Palace were unlikely to provide the space that the Welshman thrives in. Having said that I felt he was decent and was by no means our worst player and was unlucky to be pulled at half time.

Anthony Martial: 4

Our newly crowned players player of the year Martial… After receiving so many votes from his fellow colleagues it’s strange that they couldn’t provide him with any decent ball. Living on scraps because our midfielders had an off day, the Frenchman was another that looked poor tonight. Barely any opportunities as a striker at home says it all.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood: 5

A few good touches here and there but didn’t really effect the game.

Donny van de Beek: 6

Why the Dutchman wasn’t introduced earlier I don’t know but we saw exactly what he brings to the team instantly. He exploits the space between the defenders brilliantly which allowed him to score his debut goal, tonight’s only positive.

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