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Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United: We need to find our spark again – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita makes a save against Manchester United
Manchester United rarely threatened at Selhurst Park

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United side need to find their “spark” again after they were held at Crystal Palace – a third goalless draw in a row for the visitors.

The Red Devils never really looked like scoring in a drab encounter at Selhurst Park, with their failure to win a blow to their already slim Premier League title hopes.

The result means Manchester United are 30 points behind leaders Manchester City, with the two sides meeting on Sunday.

Asked about his side’s recent form, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Of course it’s a concern.

“” When you have three clean sheets in a row, that will help you win games – but we haven’t produced the quality.

“We just have to find a spark again, the quality again and try to win the games.”

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville accused the team of “sleepwalking” and putting in performances that will give their top-four rivals a boost.

“It was not a good night for United, “the Sky Sports pundit said. “It does not matter who’s in charge, you can not be boring and that was boring.

“They are sleepwalking in games. They are going to end up in a top-four race if they are not careful. “

The visitors dominated possession but struggled to create many meaningful chances, with Nemanja Matic going closest in the first half when he forced Vicente Guaita into a decent save.

Palace did not manage a shot on target until early in the second half when Jordan Ayew fired straight at keeper Dean Henderson after a good one-two with Christian Benteke.

However, the hosts almost pinched it right at the end when Patrick van Aanholt was put in on goal, but he was denied by Henderson.

The point for Crystal Palace moved them on to points and 26 points clear of the relegation zone as Roy Hodgson’s side edge closer to securing another season of Premier League football.

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A poor result before crucial period for Red Devils

This is the start of a potentially season-defining month for Manchester United. After facing their city rivals on Sunday, they have games against AC Milan in the Europa League, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester.

It was, therefore, important they made a strong start to March. Solskjaer’s side have only lost once in the Premier League since November 1, but too many of their recent games have ended in draws.

This was a match they really needed to win to keep up the pressure on Manchester City, but they were far from their best as they displayed a severe lack of creativity.

Even Bruno Fernandes, so often their attacking spark having contributed to 37 goals this season, was below par as he struggled to make an impact on Wednesday’s game.

Indeed, for large periods of this fixture the increasing thickness of the fog that had descended over Selhurst Park was the most exciting thing to develop, as Manchester United played out their third goalless draw in a row.

It could have been worse but for Henderson’s late s ave. The goalkeeper was playing instead of David de Gea, who missed out for personal reasons.

When pressed for what those reasons were, Solskjaer said: “That’s a private matter. It’ll take the time it takes. “

important point

Van Aanholt almost won the game late on for Palace
  • It is well documented that Crystal Palace struggle to pose much of an attacking threat without Wilfried Zaha in their side, and they had managed just six attempts on goal over their past two matches before Wednesday.
  • However, despite their lack of bite, they are well organized and difficult to break down under Hodgson and rarely looked in danger of losing to United.
    The Eagles successfully nullified any threat the visitors could pose and, while chances were also few and far between for themselves, they did come closest to taking all three points with Van Aanholt’s late opportunity.

    Despite the absence of Zaha, Palace have ground out five points from their past three games and that has them well on the way to a mid-table finish, avoiding any late concerns of being dragged into a relegation battle.

    “I can’t fault the players. There were a few times where we got the ball down in midfield and I thought we looked like we could score ourselves, “said Hodgson.

    “These guys have spent four years together doing their best to keep the team in the league. I’m so proud of them and so grateful to them for what they’ve done for the club. “

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson ‘proud’ of point against Manchester United.

    Goalless again – the stats

      This was Manchester United’s sixth goalless Premier League draw of the season, their joint most in a campaign, along with – 23 and 60252 – Crystal Palace have now drawn back-to-back Premier League games 0-0 for the first time since December .

      United have drawn three consecutive matches 0-0 for the first time since October 62398 under Louis van Gaal, with the third game in that run a goalless draw at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

      Manchester United are the fifth English top-flight team to remain unbeaten in their first 27 away league matches of a season, after Leeds United in 19419 – 2017, Liverpool in and Arsenal in both 55494 – 19 and 59125 – 20.
    • This was United attacking midfielder Fernandes’ 35 st away Premier League match – and he is yet to lose one. Only Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus (42) and former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann (28)) had had a longer unbeaten away starts in the competition.
    • Crystal Palace had more shots in Wednesday’s match (eight) than they had managed in their previous two league games combined (six). What next?

      Crystal Palace travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday ( GMT), while Manchester United are at Manchester City earlier on the same day (

      Player of the match

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    • Crystal Palace

    • Squad number 8 Player name Kouyaté

    • Squad number Player name Cahill

      Squ ad number 74 Player name

      Guaita

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      2 Player name Ward

    • Squad number Player) Townsend

    • Squad number

    • 9 Player name J Ayew

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      Player name Eze

      Squad number 4 Player name Milivojevic

      Squad number Player name McCarthy

      Squad number Player name Riedewald

      Squad number 35 Player name

      Benteke

      Squad number Player name

      Schlupp

      Manchester United

        Squad number Player name Henderson

      Squad number Player name Shaw

      Squad number Player name James

    • Squad number Player name Wan-Bissaka

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      719 Player name McTominay

    • Squad number 3 Player name
      Bailly

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      Matic

      Squad number Player name Greenwood

    • Squad number Player name Maguire

      Squad number Player name Cavani

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    • Fred

      Squad number Player name

      Bruno Fernandes

      88 Squad number Player name Rashford

    • Line-ups

  • Crystal Palace

    Formation

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  • 32 74 Guaita
    Ward Kouyaté Cahill 3 van Aanholt

    Townsend McCarthy Milivojevic Eze

    J Ayew 80146 33 Benteke

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      200617 2 86417 Ward

    • 8 2003 Kouyaté

    • 80146 Cahill 3 van Aanholt

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    • Benteke

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  • 6

      Dann Mateta Schlupp 37 Wickham

    • Batshuayi Kelly

      719 Hannam

    • Riedewald
      Man Utd

      Formation

    • 4-2-3-1
      41 Henderson

      Wan-Bissaka 3 3 Bailly 5 Maguire Shaw

      Fred Matic

      Greenwood Bruno Fernandes 26 Rashford

      Cavani

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      • Rashford

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      • Diallo James

      • 42
      • Telles

      • 84

      • Williams

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      Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 0.

      1. Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0 , Manchester United 0.

    Jairo Riedewald (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  • Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  • Foul by Jairo Riedewald (Crystal Palace).

    Offside, Manchester United. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

    Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a through ball.

  • Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) right footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a headed pass.

  • Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  • Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Eberechi Eze.

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  • Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

  • Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  • Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

  • Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

  • Attempt missed. Daniel James (Manchester United) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

  • Eric Bailly (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  • Foul by Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace).

    Substitution, Manchester United. Daniel James replaces Edinson Cavani.

    Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Fred.

    Offside, Manchester United. Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

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