Palace finally got a point at Old Trafford in the league for the first time in 29 years, with a 0-0 draw against a slightly lacklustre United. Mike Scott looks at how the players performed…
Wayne Hennessey - 8
Some great saves from the Welshman again. Apart from flapping at a cross early on (and parrying the shot that Lukaku put in when he was offside), he was absolutely faultless.
Patrick Van Aanholt – 7
Solid performance from the Dutchman, keeping Mata quiet. Decent going forward too, but he did miss an absolute sitter.
Mamadou Sakho – 7
Didn’t put a foot wrong all game. No signs of his back problem – and he took one for the team with a professional foul that showed Palace are learning the darker arts well.
James Tomkins – 8
Another talismanic performance from the ex-West Ham man at the back. Like Sakho, he was assured, made no mistakes and kept the United forwards quiet.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7
Wan-Bissaka kept Martial at bay, which was no easy task. Amazingly, he actually mistimed a tackle, which is, like, only the third time he’s done that this season. So we’ll let him off, just this once.
Luka Milivojevic – 7
Luka started the game with a booking for a cynical challenge which broke up a strong break for the home side and that set the tone for the game. He broke up play, but also got up for breaks more than he has been.
Cheikhou Kouyate – 7
Kouyate now looks like a proper Palace stalwart. Him and Luka are starting to work together well and he, at times, dominated midfield. Having said that, he was a bit trigger happy with the shots and squandered a couple of decent breaks.
Max Meyer – 8
By far Meyer’s best league performance in a Palace shirt, he was at the centre of all things good that the Eagles created. He drifted in field plenty and was the man to feed telling balls to Townsend and Zaha.
James McArthur – 6
The Scotsman looked a bit laboured on the ball at times, although he did make a decent run towards the end that totally perplexed Ashley Young. He’s still not getting into the areas he did last season to help Palace on the break though…
Andros Townsend – 6
One of those games where Andros put in all the effort, made the runs but couldn’t create much product. He was blocked out well by Young and Lindelof. He also missed a golden chance to put Palace in the lead.
Wilfried Zaha – 7
United gave Zaha more space than perhaps he would have been expecting and he looked threatening, although none of them took the bait and fouled him in the box. He linked up well with Meyer and there was no sign of him still struggling with any niggles. When Palace needed it, he broke the play up nicely.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 6
On for Townsend (88 minutes), he held up the ball to see the game out.
Jordan Ayew – 6
On for Zaha (90 minutes), he made a decent run, which is the most you can expect, surely?