Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
- Date – 5th March 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25, 840
- Referee – Neil Swarbrick
- Bookings – Townsend, Young, McTominay, Matic
- Goals – Townsend (11), Patrick van Aanholt (48), Smalling (55), Lukaku (76), Matic (91)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke (8.6)
It is not very often that Palace fans feel disappointed after facing Manchester United. A loss against a team battling for second and have spent almost £300million on players in the last few years is not half bad considering our current situation. The Eagles put on a fantastic performance and were deservedly ahead at half time.
The hosts looked shot of energy and ideas not long after van Aanholt scored the second and United looked like a team who had been put on the naughty step by Jose Mourinho. His decision to take off Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia for Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata turned the game on its head and Palace found themselves defending in mass which was soon undone by Smalling and Lukaku. Matic’s winning goal was special but we see too many goals of that kind at Selhurst.
Losing a two goal lead is never easy to take but with ten key players in the injury room, Palace made a good account of themselves with plenty of fight which will no doubt see us get some much needed points on the board before the end of the season.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.3) – Made some good saves to keep Palace in the game but still does not fill the back line or fans with confidence after a few errors that could have been costly.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.0) – Had a brilliant game in what was only his second senior match. Shows composure, pace and the ability to make well timed tackles.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (6.0) – Worked hard to ensure United were kept frustrated by making important tackles and clearances.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.1) – Put in a solid performance similar to Tomkins. Showed leadership by going to get instructions from Hodgson instead of celebrating for both Palace goals.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.0) – One of his best performances in a Palace shirt. Took his goal well and showed determination to man mark Jesse Lingard out of the game.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.4) – Threw his weight around like he usually does and showed the United midfield who was boss for a large majority of the game.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.1) – Worked hard in midfield and did well winning back possession on multiple occasions.
15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7.2) – Played well in an unnatural position in left midfield and made important runs forward, one of which earning an assist. Replaced by 44 Jairo Riedewald (6.18) on 80 minutes who looked a little off the pace against a very attacking United side.
9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (7.3) – Held the ball up well using his physicality and pace. Needs more time to gel up front with Benteke so that lay offs are expected.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (8.5) – His best game in a while. Worked hard on an off the ball, scored Palace’s first goal and did well to help out Wan-Bissaka when required.
17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (8.6) – Put in a shift up front by making space and laying off the ball on multiple occasions. If he keeps playing like he did, goals will come sooner rather than later.
Unused Substitutes: 16 Diego Cavalieri, 23 Pape Souare, 27 Damien Delaney, 33 Jaroslaw Jach, 31 Erdal Rakip, 14 Chung-yong Lee
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“It’s a Groundhog Day moment. We once again go away with no points and like the game against Tottenham, I thought we deserved something. I was expecting to come away with a point but once again it is nothing and I feel devastated for the players. We took the game to United. If we had drawn the game, I don’t think anyone , Jose included, would have said it was a scandal” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.
“I always believe we can win. I will be like that until my last day. You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes. Sometimes the winner is the one who deserves the congratulations but I think Roy Hodgson did everything right” – Jose Mourinho courtesy of BBC Sport.
- Team rating: 6.96 – 6.90
- Total shots: 10 – 17
- Shots on target: 4 –
- Possession: 30.5% – 69.5%
- Pass success: 67% – 85%
- Dribbles: 15 – 16
- Aerials won: 24 – 22
- Tackles: 19 – 9
- Corners: 3 – 7
- Dispossessed: 7 – 15
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The loss to United leaves Palace in 18th position, one point behind Southampton in 17th and level on points with Stoke City in 19th going into the match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 10/03/2018 – Chelsea (a)
- 17/03/2018 – Huddersfield (a)
- 31/03/2018 – Liverpool (h)