Once again it was not a game for the neutral but a solid defensive performance against the team second in the league ensured a valuable point which could well have been all three if Palace had been more clinical.
3rd March 2021
Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United
Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
Behind closed doors
Referee – Andre Marriner
Assistants – Scott Ledger, Marc Perry, Kevin Friend (fourth official)
VAR – Mike Dean, Stephen Child (assistant)
BOOKINGS – Jairo Riedewald (90)
RED CARDS – none
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
Two clean sheets in what were two goalless draws against significantly different opponents but this was a good hard fought point along. Unlike Sunday, there were chances for Palace to score and if it was not for the final ball on the few occasions Palace hit United on the break, they could have been celebrating a double of United for the season. Regardless, Hodgson set up the side perfectly for the opposition and every player out there did their job.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
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BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“It would be disingenuous to purely put a well earned point down to United’s poor performance. Overall our organisational shape was excellent often forcing United into cul-de-sacs or passes without purpose. In summary, we kept an invaluable clean sheet with Guaita only having to make one save during the whole match. Although we created few goal scoring opportunities, we could have won the game in the closing minutes following a neat pass inside by Milivojevic giving van Aanholt a clear one on one with their keeper. Henderson made a decent save to deny yet another “smash and grab” midweek win. This evening was a complete team performance with stand-out performances by Kouyate and Ward. All credit to Hodgson and the players following such a toothless performance against Fulham on Sunday. Four points gained from United this season isn’t too shabby a return after all. Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (7) – One great save to keep the game scoreless, otherwise was not tested thanks to the wall in front of him.
2 JOEL WARD (7 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH!) – He just keeps on doing what he needs to but in this one he raised his game once again.
24 GARY CAHILL (7) – His experience has become invaluable the longer the season has progressed. The fact that he was close to losing his voice by the end of the game just shows what kind of defensive display he had.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (7) – Arguably the best centre back pairing at the club after ensuring back-to-back clean sheets. Was just edged out by Ward for man of the match.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7) – That late chance will haunt him just as we expected him to slot the ball between the legs of the keeper. Solid defensively.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (7) – Marked the dangerous Fernandes out of the game but ultimately succumbed to injury and left the pitch looking dejected. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6 – BOOKED!) on 62 minutes who got stuck in from the first second he entered the fray and carried on the job where McCarthy had left off.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7 – CAPTAIN!) – Another player that is in a good run of performances and looked to relish the midfield battle against Fred and Matic.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7) – Continued his recent good form by being a real pest for United to deal with, so much so they ended up have to double up on him.
25 EBERECHI EZE (7) – One of his better games in recent weeks by having more of the ball and using it well. A return to the sight of him gliding across Selhurst Park against a team second in the table. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) on 84 minutes and a very welcome return at that, good to see him back in action.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – Not quite as influential as he has been of late but played his part behind Benteke, the two of them worked well together and caused plenty of problems.
20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7) – Really good game from the loan striker who made a nuisance of himself and linked up very well with Eze, Ayew and Townsend.
1 Jack Butland, 6 Scott Dann, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 21 Connor Wickham, 23 Michy Batshuayi, 34 Martin Kelly, 39 Reece Hannam
1 Henderson, 29 Wan-Bissaka, 3 Bailly, 5 Maguire, 23 Shaw, 17 Fred, 31 Matic, 11 Greenwood, 18 Bruno Fernandes, 10 Rashford, 7 Cavani
SUBSTITUTES – 2 Lindelof, 13 Grant, 19 Diallo, 21 James (replaced Cavani on 76 mins), 27 Telles, 33 Williams, 38 Tuanzebe, 39 McTominay (replaced Fred on 74 mins), 74 Shoretire
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON –“There were some very good signs tonight about us getting back the composure we’ve lost in a couple of recent games. We were playing through the midfield, we do have the quality players to do that, the return of Schlupp and return soon of McArthur and Zaha, that’ll help us even more in that area. It’s not easy to create chances against United, as their run away from home shows. And every time we’ve played United, as long as I’ve been here, it’s always been a reason to celebrate when you get a result.”
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER – “It’s not what we want, but that’s the football we’re playing in. We’re in the Premier League and you have to play better to win games. We know we’re in a battle to be as high in the table as possible. You sometimes see results that go the way we don’t expect. We know we’re in a fight and we need to pick up every point we can.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Harry Maguire (7.5) while the most shots were from Andros Townsend (3). The most tackles were by Luka Milivojevic (4) while Ebereche Eze and Jordan Ayew (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.74 – 6.72
- Total shots: 8 – 11
- Shots on target: 2 – 1
- Possession: 37.3% – 62.7%
- Pass success: 78% – 86%
- Passes: 351 – 587
- Dribbles: 8 – 10
- Aerials won: 14 – 18
- Tackles: 19 – 6
- Fouls: 4 – 13
- Corners: 4 – 6
- Saves: 1 – 2
- Dispossessed: 4 – 6
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 34 points from 27 games, level with Wolves in 12th and 4 ahead of Southampton in 14th.
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