Premier League Statistics: Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 24th November 2018
- Venue – Old Trafford
- Attendance – 74,516
- Referee – Lee Mason
- Cards – Young, Milivojevic, Sakho
- STAR EAGLE – Wayne Hennessey (8.5)
It feels incredibly harsh to be slightly disappointed coming away from Old Trafford without conceding and taking a point all the way back to South London. This was a real opportunity to take all three considering the excellent performance that Palace put in taking into account the opportunities that were ultimately squandered. However, this is a league fixture that has not been kind to Palace so a point is taken with very grateful hands. In truth, this was a terrific point which will hopefully be the turning point of the season and players, staff and fans alike can build on this ahead of a hectic December schedule.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (8.5) – Rightly taking plaudits with a string of fine saves in what is the best run of form we have seen from the Welshman since he joined Palace.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (7.3) – Yet another high profile player having a poor game on the left side of the opposition midfield. It is no coincidence that our young full back continues to do a fine job whoever the opponent.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.8) – Injury concern in the lead up to the game after going off against Spurs but was back with another excellent showing in the heart of defence.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.4) – Another with injury worries during the international break but the Frenchman had one his best games in a Palace shirt. Timing was impeccable and proved instrumental in seeing the Eagles keep a clean sheet.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.6) – One great chance after being put through after some great build up play by the visitors but fired wide when we all expected the ball to nestle in the bottom corner. Worked tirelessly up and down the left all game.
7 MAX MEYER (6.6) – Good game for the German who got an important ninety minutes under his belt. Proved to be that link between the midfield and front line, surging forward at every chance.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.5) – Role in this side has been quite understated but he is proving to be more important as the games pass. Had the ball in the net at one point but only so slightly offside.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.5) – Lucky to be walking off the pitch at the end of the game after being on the end of a horrid tackle which went unpunished but we are seeing the return to form of the Serbian.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.2) – The engine just keeped on working up and down the pitch, no better example than in the latter stages making his way from his own penalty area to the opposite corner of the pitch.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.6) – Oh Andros! That chance after beating a number of United players which put him through on goal … You know what you are going to get from him week in week out, just need to add a few goals to his game while the strikers in the squad are firing blanks. Replaced by 15 JEFRREY SCHLUPP (6.0) on 88 minutes to provide some much needed fresh legs to see out the game.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.2) – A welcome return from injury which gave Palace every chance of getting something from this game and he played his part. Went close from distance with a couple of opportunities but needs to keep a lid on it a little more in the face of tough treatment once again. Replaced by 14 JORDAN AYEW (6.2) on 91 minutes who had little time to make an impact other than to add a little energy ahead of the final whistle.
Unused substitutes – 31 Vicente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 34 Martin Kelly, 42 Jason Puncheon, 9 Alexander Sorloth
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “We have played like that the last four games against tough opponents. We have played Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. In each of those games we have come out thinking ‘we have played well’. I’m proud of the team’s performance. I can’t ask any more than what they gave me. The shape, organisation and discipline of the team was as good as it has been. On the counter-attack we looked very dangerous and had some good opportunities.”
JOSE MOURINHO: “I’m frustrated. We didn’t win one point – we lost two. There was not even aggression and not enough intensity. When the opponent had the ball, we didn’t press enough. They were allowed to breathe and relax. When you are at home and want to win the game then you don’t stop until you win it. We played the game nicely but not with enough intensity.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wayne Hennessey (8.5) while Wilfried Zaha (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by James McArthur (5) as Andros Townsend (3) has the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.69 – 6.96
- Total shots: 12 – 13
- Shots on target: 5 – 2
- Possession: 59.8% – 40.2%
- Pass success: 83% – 75%
- Dribbles: 3 – 11
- Aerials won: 18 – 13
- Tackles: 23 – 13
- Corners: 10 – 3
- Dispossessed: 7 – 17
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace have 9 points from 13 games and currently sit 16th in the Premier League level on points with Newcastle United in 15th and Burnley in 17th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 01/12/2018 Burnley (h)
- 04/12/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
- 08/12/2018 West Ham United (a)