16 Jul Marcus Rashford an 8/10 as Manchester United proceed top-four push
Manchester United moved degree on factors with fourth-place Leicester with a 2-Zero win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored both aspect of half-time to increase United’s unbeaten run to 19 video games, their greatest type since 2010 as they appear to safe Champions League football for subsequent season. For Palace, it was their sixth defeat in a row, however they made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect work for the factors having received at Outdated Trafford in August. United, in the meantime, know that wins over West Ham and Leicester of their closing two video games of the season will guarantee a top-four end and a return to the Champions League.
Rashford seemed slightly rusty after the restart — comprehensible after being sidelined since January with a again harm. However after taking a few video games to search out his toes, he is now scored three targets in his final 4 video games to make it 22 for the season. He was additionally concerned in United’s greatest moments — Bruno Fernandes hitting the submit and Martial’s purpose — and seemed sharp all night time.
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Victor Lindelof impressed final season however he is had a tough marketing campaign. Solskjaer has had the Sweden worldwide as first selection however he hasn’t all the time instilled loads of confidence subsequent to Harry Maguire. In opposition to Crystal Palace, he handed Jordan Ayew a very good probability within the first half after which made a large number of a problem on Wilfried Zaha within the field and was fortunate to not concede a penalty. United have alerted brokers that they’re on the lookout for a brand new centre-back within the transfer window and it is not an enormous shock.
Supervisor Score out of 10
7 – Solskjaer sprung a shock together with his team selection, changing the injured Luke Shaw with Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The Dutchman, 22, was handed his first United begin for greater than three years at left-back and was picked forward of Diogo Dalot, who appears to have slipped additional down the pecking order. In the long run, it proved the precise resolution as United stored one other clear sheet away from house. Solskjaer must also get credit score for introducing Nemanja Matic on the proper time.
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Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK David De Gea, 7 — Made a very good save from Zaha inside two minutes. Tipped Luka Milivojevic’s free kick across the submit and denied Zaha late on.
DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 6 — Returning to the membership he left final summer time. Had his palms full with former teammate Zaha.
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 6 — Making his first begin for United since Might 2017. Shock selection however did not let Solskjaer down.
DF Harry Maguire, 7 — Ought to have finished higher with a header from a Bruno Fernandes nook after 10 minutes. Nicely-timed problem on Zaha when the Palace ahead would have been by way of.
DF Victor Lindelof, 5 — Gifted Ayew an opportunity simply earlier than half time. Fortunate to get away with a careless trying problem on Zaha within the field.
MF Scott McTominay, 6 — Changed Matic within the beginning XI. Had a battle in midfield in a scrappy sport.
MF Paul Pogba, 6 — Tried just a few issues that did not come off but in addition stored the ball shifting every time he might.
MF Bruno Fernandes, 7 — Incisive motion and passing across the penalty space made the primary purpose for Rashford. Ought to have scored from Rashford’s in the reduction of however hit the submit.
FW Mason Greenwood, 6 — Recovered from an ankle downside to begin for the fifth sport in a row. Had a quiet night time.
FW Marcus Rashford, 8 — Terrific ability to vary route and aspect foot his end into the web for the opening purpose. Devastating run to arrange Fernandes after which received the help for Martial.
FW Anthony Martial, 7 — Improbable imaginative and prescient to pick Greenwood with a cross to the again submit within the first half after which sealed the outcome together with his 22nd purpose of the season.
MF Nemanja Matic (for Scott McTominay, 63) 7 — Allowed United to get extra management.
FW Jesse Lingard (for Mason Greenwood, 63) 6 — Busy and energetic.