Manchester United return to second place in the Premier League after a dramatic 3-2 comeback win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. A stunning injury time winner from Nemanja Matić assured the Reds headed back North with all three points. Romelu Lukaku was clinical, Matić was impressive and Marcus Rashford made an immediate impact off the bench, here are our player ratings:
David De Gea: 6.5
The Spaniard was helpless for Crystal Palace’s opening goal, which took a deflection off Victor Lindelöf and passed the stranded keeper. Questions will be asked about De Gea’s positioning for the second goal, as Patrick Van Aanholt powered a shot from a tight angle at the shot-stopper’s near post. However, he showed his world-class ability once again, as he superbly denied Christian Benteke’s downward header.
Antonio Valencia: 6
The captain was arguably at fault for Palace’s second goal of the night, but offered United some momentum going forward. He started the second-half brightly and assisted Chris Smalling’s goal before being brought off for Juan Mata.
Chris Smalling: 5.5
Apart from his impressive headed goal Smalling looked shaky throughout. He was at fault for allowing Benteke to cut inside too easily and assist Andros Townsend’s opener. The second goal highlighted his inability to organize his backline efficiently.
Victor Lindelöf: 4.5
The Swede did not look settled in the game and struggled to cope with the physical presence of Benteke. Could have done better closing down Townsend for the opening goal.
Ashley Young: 4.5
A very disappointing display from Young who was unable to produce anything going forward. He defended poorly, and holds a share of the blame for the first goal, allowing Townsend to drift inside without tracking him.
Scott McTominay: 4
The young midfielder endured a bad evening at Selhurst Park. McTominay looked flustered and disgruntled while in possession. United were all over the place in midfield in the first-half, and McTominay epitomized this. Replaced at half-time by Rashford.
Nemanja Matić: 7.5 (Man of the Match)
Matić struggled to conquer the midfield in the opening half, but recovered well in the second and proved why Mourinho keeps faith with him. His late-minute winner was sublime, volleying from 30-yards into the far right corner.
Paul Pogba: 6
Pogba represented much of United’s frustrating first-half showing, he was wasteful in possession and tried to do too much on the ball. However, he was an instigator in the rejuvenating fightback in the second-half.
Jesse Lingard: 5.5
Lingard was his typical bright and lively self all game. He struggled more in the first-half as Crystal Palace limited his time on the ball. Positioned on the wing in the first-half, he continued to drift inside, making United’s play predictable. Found more success when Rashford was introduced in the second-half.
Alexis Sanchez: 6
Sanchez was sloppy in possession at times, but continued to offer a driving creative force all game. His enthusiasm and hard-work gives the Reds another element in their play.
Romelu Lukaku: 7
The big Belgian seems to have found confidence once again. He showed phenomenal composure to score United’s equalizer, biding his time before slotting the ball through a multitude of bodies. Continued to work tirelessly all game.
Marcus Rashford (Sub, 45'): 7
Rashford was a catalyst for United’s attacking play. He came on with energy and enthusiasm, running at players with great intent.
Luke Shaw (Sub, 67'): 6
Came on for Young on 67 minutes, took on the young left-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka as much as possible.
Juan Mata (Sub, 67'): 6
Added good energy to the side when Crystal Palace looked fatigued.
José Mourinho: 6
Mourinho entered the game with a defensive mindset, which has become a vintage style when approaching away games. With the introduction of Marcus Rashford, United’s play changed and they became much more aggressive and had more success.