Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer


David de Gea 6 – Made a sensational save to deny James McArthur but couldn’t stop the Scot’s close range finish.

Eric Bailly 6 – Struggled with injury problems throughout, eventually coming off after 51 minutes. Failed to bring the same levels of impetus as the suspended Antonio Valencia but still managed to produce a stellar display at right back.

Marcos Rojo 5 – Didn’t learn from his mistake at Goodison Park, making another two-footed challenge that should have yielded a red card. Didn’t look comfortable all evening – especially when Wilfried Zaha got on the ball.

Phil Jones 6 – Caught flat-footed for Palace’s goal but generally impressed with another robust display at the back.

Daley Blind 6 – Went about his business in a calm, workman-like manner. Struggled to offer any zeal going forward.

Michael Carrick 7 – Expertly controlled proceedings at the base of midfield, adding a series of superb passes – including an inch-perfect ball to Pogba in the box – to his usual metronomic impact.

Ander Herrera 7 – Displayed his usual levels of raw energy and passion at the heart of midfield, largely nullifying the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Joe Ledley.

Paul Pogba 8 – A wonderfully aggressive, confident performance from the Frenchman, looking to rampage through the heart of Palace’s midfield all evening. Supplied a superb assist for Zlatan’s goal.

Juan Mata 6 – Lacked the mesmerising panache of the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right hand side but managed to keep the ball well.

Wayne Rooney 5 – Never looked settled in a wide position, often giving the ball away and failing to spot potential gaps. Spurned a couple of valuable chances. His Premier League goal-drought – now stretching to 15 games – continues.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Worked incredibly hard all night, holding up the ball, picking out superb passes and expertly maintaining pressure on Palace’s back four. Did brilliantly with his goal in the 88th minute. A true striker’s performance.

Substitutes 

Matteo Darmian N/A

Jesse Lingard N/A

Marcus Rashford N/A

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