Date:1st December 2011 at 2:35pm
Written by:
FT Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace. Macheda (pen); Ambrose, Murray.

Starting XI:

Ben Amos – 6

Ben Amos had a quietly effective game for Manchester United. There wasn’t much that he could’ve done for Ambrose’s wonder goal, a strike which could be contender for goal of the season! For the second goal there was also not much he could do. The second goal was offside and should’ve also been cleared by the defence.

Rafael – 6

Rafael had a decent game. Offered himself as an option in the wide positions however that was short lived as he was substituted off injured 65 minutes into the match.

Chris Smalling – 8

Smalling was probably the man of the match for Manchester United. Played great, defended great and was both assured on the ball and made some great clean tackles and interceptions.

Jonny Evans – 6

Jonny Evans had a pretty good game as captain for Manchester United. A lapse in concentration however meant that he misintercepted for Crystal Palace’s winner, which really should have been chalked off for offside.

Fabio – 5

Fabio didn’t last long on the pitch, however, before he was injured, Zaha was giving him the runaround and Fabio also managed to get himself booked.

Darron Gibson – 7

Assured in possession. Barely gave the ball away. Did well given the lack of movement from the front men.

Ji-Sung Park – 5

A very much below par performance from Park. He didn’t get into the game which was very unlike him.

Antonio Valencia – 6

Went missing for much of the game however came alive towards the end as Man Utd unsuccessfully searched for an equaliser.

Mame Biram Diouf – 2

A terrible performance from Mame Biram Diouf. This may be the final time we see him in a Manchester United shirt. His abject performance was mirrored by his inability to take a throw in and his lack of a first touch.

Dimitar Berbatov – 5

Anonymous whilst on the pitch. Looked disinterested. Substituted at half time due to injury.

Federico Macheda – 3

His only saving grace was that he scored the penalty that he won. He had a below par game. The lack of movement meant that he was difficult for the midfield to find.


Zeki Fryers – 6

A good run out for Fryers. Played very well defensively but lacked anything going forward. A very good game for his development and introduction to the first team.

Ravel Morrison – 6

Although he didn’t really do anything of note, this was a very good run out for Morrison. He did not look out of place at all. His first┬átouch and movement were exactly what can be expected from a Manchester United player. Very encouraging to see

Paul Pogba – 5

Pogba still looks like he needs some development until he can get into the first team. He was neither terrible or spectacular. Pogba ended up playing at centre half at the end of the game, a position he has never played in his time with Manchester United.

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