The Red Devils will be under the microscope yet again after losing 1-2 to Crystal Palace. A really bad day for Manchester United ended with a gut punch stoppage time winner by Patrick Van Aanholt. Nearly the entire squad underperformed at Old Trafford, so let’s get right to it.
Here are the individual player ratings from the loss to Crystal Palace
David De Gea: 5/10
De Gea was hardly challenged today. He was left 1-on-1 with Jordan Ayew on Palace’s goal, so can’t be blamed too much for that, but the second goal went straight through his hands. He made a key save soon after the first goal to keep a bad situation from becoming impossible, but another alarming mishap cost his team a point today.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10
Another solid performance from Wan-Bissaka on a tough day against his former team. His work rate and ability to win the ball back is handy against counter attacking teams. Unfortunately, his inability to shut down Zaha on the counter in stoppage time led to Palace’s winner.
Victor Lindelof: 4/10
Normally cool and composed, Lindelof was the very opposite today. Though United were only challenged a handful of times defensively, they totally collapsed twice. On the first, Lindelof allowed Jeffrey Schlupp to easily beat him in the air to send Jordan Ayew clear through on goal.
Harry Maguire: 3/10
Maguire too was poor today. He gave the ball away a few times, and failed to make an impact on offense despite multiple opportunities on corners and crosses.
Luke Shaw: N/A
Shaw suffered an unfortunate hamstring injury in the first half, a half in which he didn’t get very involved. He was replaced by Ashley Young, more on him later.
Scott McTominay: 5/10
Hard to judge this performance from McTominay. The effort was there, but he didn’t bring nearly enough to United’s midfield to influence the match positively. The team simply needs more from him
Paul Pogba: 7/10
Pogba was really good today. After a week of abuse from pundits and social media, he responded well with an influential performance for United. He helped spur on his team in the second half, and orchestrated the play that led to Daniel James’ equalizer. Unfortunately his heroics were all for naught.
Jesse Lingard: 2/10
Another poor performance from Lingard. Poor offensive awareness at the no. 10, and really serves as an example of the lack of depth in United’s squad at that position. Would be surprising if he starts again in that role.
Daniel James: 6/10
Daniel James struggled again in his second straight start on the right wing, but looked much more comfortable when he switched to the left in the second half. His decision making on the ball isn’t where it needs to be, but he did well to score the goal and give United a chance in the dying minutes.
Marcus Rashford: 3/10
United needed more from Rashford today. His missed penalty and free kick opportunities proved costly in a game where chances were hard to come by. His work rate was impressive, but the execution was lacking.
Anthony Martial: 4/10
Martial struggled to stay involved against Palace, a problem that persisted last season. On top of that, he picked up what looked like a non-contact leg injury in the last few minutes. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, because as was seen today there aren’t a lot of striking options behind him. .
Ashley Young: 4/10
Young was far from what United needed, but he did get into dangerous positions and create a couple chances. However, we also saw the same poor crossing that we saw last season. There’s a reason he’s the back up.
Mason Greenwood: 4/10
To be fair, Greenwood didn’t get a lot of time to make an impact, but in his time on the pitch he hardly saw any action. United needed someone to come on and provide a spark on offense. Greenwood did very little to influence anything, and disappeared for much of his time on the pitch.
Juan Mata: N/A
Again, Mata didn’t really get the chance to influence the match. It was a difficult game to be subbed into, but didn’t seem like a match Mata could’ve done much to change.