Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

by Richard Laverty

David de Gea 8 Another free-kick deflection did for him but he pulled off one of the saves of the season (even by his standards) to keep United in the match.

Antonio Valencia 5 Solid as usual. Some defensive frailties but was involved in several attacks and got stuck in.

Chris Smalling 6 Didn’t look as composed as he has at times but passing has improved remarkably. New contract has done him the world of good.

Phil Jones 6 Looked ok on his return. A few slips were textbook Jones but he helped keep Palace out.

Luke Shaw 5 Slotted in well but a nasty knock to the head summed up his season. Played just half an hour.

Daley Blind 6 Whilst he doesn’t offer what Carrick does, he did well today. Good on the ball, moved things forward and struck the post with an excellent effort.

Ander Herrera 6 Not at his fluent best but linked well with Mata again, which brings the best out of both. United fans will want to see him return to top form though.

Marouane Fellaini 7 Whilst he wasn’t at his best either, he scored the vital winner that may well have sealed United a top four finish.

Juan Mata 7 Right up to standards today. A few performances were put behind him when he scored from the spot. His overall play was excellent, made United’s attack tick.

Ashley Young 8 Will claim assists for both goals, put one on a plate for Mata and was unlucky not score. Taking De Gea’s save out of consideration, United’s man of the match.

Wayne Rooney 5 Captain struggled as United’s play once gain was slow and curtailed. A thigh knock saw him come off at half-time.


Jonny Evans 4 Carried on his poor form from before his suspension. Looked nervous and clumsy and United’s defence was worse with him in it.

Radamel Falcao 6 Got no chances but played better than recent form would suggest. Movement was excellent and played two lovely balls as United countered late on.

Patrick McNair 5 Came on to shore things up when Smalling went off but not long enough to make a true contribution. Although the score suggests he completed his job!

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