Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United

Manchester United finished the season in disappointing fashion, losing 1-0 away to Crystal Palace. A Wilfred Zaha goal in the first half turned out to be the difference, following some poor play by United. The Red Devils never really looked like scoring, and they failed to create chances or test Palace goalkeeper Vincente Guaita.

Despite the defeat, United managed to finish sixth in the Premier League, after West Ham also lost their game to Brighton today. With the season now over, fans will be excited for Erik ten Hag to begin his reign as United manager.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 4/10

Arguably could have done better for Zaha’s goal. Aside from that, not a great deal to do for de Gea today.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot – 3/10

Dalot was taken off in the second half. He struggled throughout the game defending Zaha and often gave him a lot of space to attack. Didn’t really offer much going forward.

Victor Lindelöf – 4/10

Lindelof was nowhere near his best today. He occasionally misplaced some of his passes. Like Dalot, he also had a tough time defending Zaha in one-on-one situations.

Harry Maguire – 4/10

Maguire had a quiet game today. He played some loose passe at times and was sometimes caught out of position. He wasn’t helped by the fact that the midfield constantly left him exposed.

Alex Telles – 3/10

It was a tough outing for Alex Telles this afternoon, who was making his 50th United appearance. The Brazilian failed to have much of an impact going forward and was also caught out of position defensively at times.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 3/10

McTominay was sloppy in possession, often giving the ball away cheaply. He left Maguire completely exposed in the second half by leaving Conor Gallagher in acres of space, and only Maguire in front of him.

Fred – 4/10

Fred also struggled to keep the ball at times. However, he put up a bit more resistance in midfield, getting about a bit more, and winning a few tackles.

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Bruno Fernandes – 2/10

Fernandes gave the ball away poorly for Palace’s goal, hooking it across the pitch and straight to Zaha. He didn’t really create much, other than a low cross for Alejandro Garnacho in the second half, that the youngster was very close to poking home.

Forwards

Hannibal – 5/10

Making his first senior start for United, Hannibal was the outfield player who showed the most desire. He got stuck in and made a few things happen on the ball. The youngster forced Guaita into a save in the second half, with the Spaniard tipping Hannibal’s shot onto the bar. He was unlucky to get taken off.

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Edinson Cavani – 3/10

Aside from a first half chance, Cavani did not impact the game and barely touched the ball in the second half. It was a disappointing end to his two years stay at United.

Anthony Elanga – 5/10

Elanga looked bright in the first half, and almost found Bruno Fernandes at the back post with a low cross. However, he didn’t get on the ball as much in the second half. Elanga eventually moved to right-back where he put in a good shift for the final 10 minutes.

Substitutes

Juan Mata – 4/10

Mata didn’t get on the ball much, but when he did, retained possession well. He didn’t manage to create any substantial chances.

Shola Shoretire – N/A

It was the first Premier League appearance of the season for Shoretire. Whilst he was not on long enough to constitute a rating, he did have some bright moments.

Alejandro Garnacho – N/A

Garnacho made his second appearance for the first team today, although he wasn’t on long enough to get a rating. However, he looked sharp on the ball and almost converted a Fernandes cross.

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