It was Crystal Palace who started the brighter of the two teams and they had United on the backfoot early on. Although it was the home side who’d started better, United came closest to taking the lead. Matic’s low shot took a wicked deflection and Guaita had to make a superb save to keep it out. Outstanding save!
Moments later Rashford had a fantastic chance but he dragged his shot wide. He really should of done better, he has to be taking chances like that! United were enjoying large amounts of possession but were getting nowhere with it. Palace looked comfortable and were happy for United to have the ball. Half time arrived and the game had been far from a classic.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with United controlling possession but doing nothing with it. Palace were organized and the frustration was growing for the away side. Fernandes has been off the boil of late and once again he was struggling to influence the game.
The Palace attacks were few and far between. But when they did come forward they looked dangerous with Eze and Townsend stretching the United defence. Benteke was also causing problems unsettling the back two of Maguire and Bailly.
Both sides needed some fresh legs but it was Solskjaer who acted first. McTominay replaced the disappointing Fred and a few minutes later Daniel James replaced Edinson Cavani. Daniel James had only been on the field two minutes when his free header deflected over the bar for a corner. Moments later Greenwoods curling left foot strike which flew just wide of Guaita’s post and the score remained 0-0.
In Palace’s last game they struck at the death to take all three points against Brighton and nearly did the same tonight. Van Aanholt found himself one on one with Dean Henderson but the United keeper made a crucial save to deny him!
The final whistle went and neither team had done enough to win the game. United had seen plenty of the ball but their passing had been poor giving the ball away on numerous occasion’s. Fred had been the main culprit but he certainly wasn’t alone. That’s United’s third goalless draw in a row and they’ve won just 3 games since going top in mid January. Once again Luke Shaw had been United’s best player and that speaks volumes!