Manchester United suffered one other blow to their fading Premier League title hopes after a dour 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday left them 14 factors behind Manchester Metropolis forward of Sunday’s derby.
Runaway leaders Metropolis have 65 factors from 27 video games and are in a commanding place after second-placed United lacked edge in foggy situations at Selhurst Park, failing to interrupt down a resolute Palace who had the sport’s finest possibilities.
It was a 3rd successive 0-0 draw for United after a stalemate at Chelsea on Sunday and towards Actual Sociedad final Thursday which accomplished a 4-0 mixture win over the Spanish facet within the Europa League.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, picked by supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forward of Scott McTominay, conceded United had been too cagey.
“We have now to do a lot better, now we have to danger extra in assault to create possibilities,” the Serbian informed Sky Sports activities.
“We’re Manchester United, now we have to win this sort of recreation. On Sunday now we have a giant recreation towards Manchester Metropolis and now we have to refocus for that.
“After we don’t win we’re annoyed. The sensation within the dressing room wasn’t nice. If we have to take some positives, it’s a clear sheet.”
United had been on the entrance foot for a lot of the sport however their influential playmaker Bruno Fernandes did not make any impression and one of the best likelihood fell to Palace, whose left again Patrick van Aanholt squandered a Ninetieth-minute sitter.
United striker Edinson Cavani was a shock starter after lacking the final 4 video games with a muscle damage and he spurned a gilt-edged likelihood within the 14th minute when he skied a close-range shot over the bar.
Matic and Marcus Rashford additionally went shut for United within the first half earlier than an excellent Joel Ward clearance denied Cavani a tap-in from three metres within the forty fourth minute.
Andros Townsend fired simply large for Palace on the hour earlier than Dean Henderson thwarted Van Aanholt after a stunning by means of ball by Luka Milivojevic left the Palace defender one-on-one with the United goalkeeper.
Solskjaer was annoyed after a toothless efficiency by his weary-looking facet.
“It is disappointing and in case you’re not spot on you gained’t win video games,” he stated. “We saved giving the ball away. You then don’t construct momentum and that’s the sport you get.” (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Enhancing by Toby Davis and Ed Osmond)
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