MANCHESTER UNITED laboured to a dour point against Crystal Palace with a worrying display just days before their big derby clash.
Bruno Fernandes looked like he needed a rest – but he won’t get one with Manchester City up nextCredit: Rex Features
They might reflect on a point gained after such a frustrating display.
Here, SunSport’s John Hutchinson rates how United players fared on their trip to Selhurst Park.
Dean Henderson – 6/10
With David De Gea missing for ‘personal reasons’ it was another chance for the England youngster to impress.
But he hardly had chance as Palace offered next to nothing up top – apart from a stunning save to deny Patrick van Aanholt at the death that earned thanks from his manager.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6
Was probably the first United player to try and dribble at an opponent – that came five minutes before half-time.
But surprisingly subdued showing against his former club.
Luke Shaw was United’s best player – and not for the first time this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Eric Bailly – 6
Preferred at the back to Victor Lindelof – probably what many United fans want to see.
Was a comfortable game to come in for with Benteke cumbersome as usual.
Harry Maguire – 6
Must have fancied playing further up field so poor were his team-mates ahead of him.
Would have been annoyed at not seeing some decent balls in at attacking set-pieces.
Luke Shaw – 8
Found himself in acres of space in the early stages but couldn’t quite pick out his man in the area.
Was United’s best attacking threat all game – that says a lot about the rest.
Fred – 5
Would imagine he prefers a different midfield partner than Matic – they often ran into the same spaces.
Buzzed around, but that’s about it. Subbed off.
Nemanja Matic – 6
McTominay was given a rest that saw experienced Serbian Matic come in.
Marshalled the midfield well enough and was denied a potential goal with a fine save from his 25 yarder.
Cavani and his team-mates trudged off after a miserable first halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Mason Greenwood – 5
Back in the first-team fold, but he will have to show a lot more than he did in the first 45 minutes as he barely looked interested in making the runs.
Finally showed some enthusiasm nine minutes from time when he cut in and fired a rasping drive just over.
Bruno Fernandes – 4
Anonymous in the first half, despite United enjoying decent spells of possession.
Didn’t get much better in the second 45, worrying ahead of going to the Etihad at the weekend.
Marcus Rashford – 5
Looked lively for about eight minutes of the first half but even Shaw was getting wider in an attacking sense than he was on the left.
Solskjaer will be praying he has his eye back on the ball for the visit to the Etihad.
Marcus Rashford will want to forget about his trip to Selhurst ParkCredit: Rex Features
Edinson Cavani – 5
Leading the line, Cavani showed some good movement in the first 45 – but his attacking team-mates were not on his wavelength.
Tired badly in the second half and cut a frustrating figure as he trudged off after being subbed.
Scott McTominay (replaced Fred, 74) – 6
Showed more attacking intent in 60 seconds than the man he replaced had in 74 minutes.
Dan James (replaced Cavani, 76) – 5
Should have done a lot better with a free header from eight yards out two minutes after coming on.
(Subs not used) Victor Lindelof, Lee Grant, Amad Diallo, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Shola Shoretire
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Solskjaer was disappointed with what he was seeing in front of himCredit: Reuters
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