Wednesday 29 March 2017

Player ratings from Manchester United's win over Crystal Palace

Matteo Darmian celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester United
Matteo Darmian celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester United

Manchester United moved within a point of the Champions League places with Wednesday's victory against Crystal Palace, which was far more comprehensive than the 2-0 scoreline suggests. Here is how the players rated.

David De Gea- 6 out of 10

Did he even touch the ball? Didn't need to as Palace failed to put a shot on target.

Antonio Valencia - 7 out of 10

Got up and down well on the right hand side, often becoming a true right winger as Mata pushed inside.

Chris Smalling - 7 out of 10

Kept Adebayor at arm's length in a controlled, commanding performance.

Daley Blind - 7 out of 10

Another classy showing from the Dutchman but never tested.

Matteo Darmian - 8 out of 10

Zaha gave the Italian some problems on United's left hand side but he made up for it with a the cross that led to the first and a fantastic strike for the second.


Jesse Lingard - 7 out of 10

Played ok, but never needed to get out of second gear.

Morgan Schneiderlin - 8 out of 10

Shielded the defence well and helped set the tone for a dominant United performance.

Juan Mata - 9 out of 10

Started on the right but was everywhere, proving at his best just in behind the striker. Provided several telling passes and crosses but the finishing wasn't quite up to scratch.


Wayne Rooney - 8 out of 10

Looking good in a central midfield role although he was given free run at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial - 7 out of 10

Thwarted on a couple of occasions by Speroni, the Frenchman may want to play through the middle but he is more of a threat out wide.

Marcus Rashford - 5 out of 10

Not the greatest showing by the youngster, who wasted a couple of decent chances.


Julian Speroni - 9 out of 10

The only Crystal Palace player who can truly say he gave his all. Pulled off a string off fantastic saves in his first appearance of the season.

Martin Kelly - 4 out of 10

Run ragged by Anthony Martial, Kelly could not deal with the pace or movement of the Frenchman.

Adrian Mariappa - 4 out of 10

Listless performance from the centre-back who never dealt with United's frontline.

Damien Delaney - 2 out of 10

Absolutely shocking own goal in the opening minutes that saw Crystal Palace's game plan go out of the window before it had even started.


Pape Souare - 3 out of 10

Didn't get close to Juan Mata.

Mile Jedinak - 2 out of 10

Allowed Wayne Rooney to do whatever he wanted, no hint of a challenge by the Australian.

Yohan Cabaye - 4 out of 10

Looked better on the ball than his team-mates but looks tired and lost after a long season.

Lee Chung-yong - 1 out of 10


Wilfried Zaha - 5 out of 10

The one Palace player who actually tried to make something happen, Zaha got the better of Darmian a couple of times but Palace couldn't take advantage.

Bakary Sako - 3 out of 10

Didn't threaten at all as an attacker.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 2 out of 10

Had one half chance early in the game that he snapped at and shinned wide. After that barely had a touch.

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