Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Analysis

Manchester United move one step closer to moving into the top 4 after a win against Crystal Palace at home. It was an easy win and Palace didn't seem to try at all, but it seemed like a repetition of the game against Aston Villa earlier this week, boring.
The matches lack lustre and perhaps that is why the fans are bored to the extent that for the first time in a long time, Old Trafford was empty. This is not what this club is about. I guess its safe to say that Louis Van Gaal's philosophy has ruined the club and while they are winning, its just not fun anymore.


Manchester United seemed just fine, balanced rather, with the good and the bad. De Gea wasn't called into action a lot, in fact, the ball boys held the ball more than the goalie, which isn't all that bad to be frank. Defensively, United were very strong with Smalling suppressing any attacks by Adebayor, who was perhaps the only Palace player in their half for the majority of the match and Blind did well to read the game and move forward with the ball. The fall backs, Darmian and Valencia, did very well as Darmian assisted the own goal by Delaney and later scored his first goal for the club in an impressive fashion, Valencia also looked very strong moving forward and seems to have made a good comeback along with the captain, Wayne Rooney, who looked fantastic with perfectly placed balls and great touches, he does indeed seems to bind the team together. 

Schneiderlin seemed to pull off a nice job rotating up and down the field and keeping it all under control.
Juan Mata in midfield was fine, set up the forwards well but no specific heroic acts for the day and the same goes for Rashford wherein he was given chances but none ended behind the net, did try his best though and that is all we need.

Coming to the less impressive part now, Anthony Martial seemed a little off balance with heavily overpowered shots and crosses, made an impact while dribbling but it wasn't upto the mark, he is better than this, and in my opinion, his personal life might be catching up to him, it might just be a one time thing because he would be necessary in the FA cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday. Finally, Jesse Lingard was perhaps the most disappointing player on the pitch for United, with extremely poor finishing and  a really bad game overall, I recommend he be benched against Everton and Memphis should be given a start in his place, they cannot have any weak links.
As far as palace are concerned, half of their players were invisible after the first 20 minutes, Delaney's own goal had a very bad impact on the team and they just fell apart. Palace need to come back against Watford in the FA cup on Sunday with a boost of confidence or they might find themselves fighting a relegation battle very soon. Adebayor was not the striker they were searching for as a replacement for Bolasie, Wilfred Zaha, however was a little confident moving forward but thanks to the combined effort of the United defense and the poor morale of his team, he seemed to take a step back as well. Their star player for the match has to be Julian Speroni, who pulled off some good saves in the first half, however, made a few mistakes as well and Darmian's goal was a punishment for that (won't blame him though, starting a game for the first time in almost a year has its effects on you). To conclude, Palace do need to pull their socks up and an FA Cup semi final win against Watford would just do the trick.

Depending upon the game at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, Manchester United might just be at the penultimate stage of getting into the top 4, they must, however, do it well, games like this ruin the spirit, being fixed to one "philosophy" is boring, to quote The Joker, "let's introduce a little chaos"

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