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Post Match Analysis: Crystal Palace Vs Manchester United

Jesse Lingard has been omitted from eight of the last 12 league matchday squads.

Manchester United continued their unbeaten run with a hard fought 2-0 win over a fighting and dogged Crystal Palace.

Ole’s men extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches now, the highest of any other manager post Sir Alex era.

It was a hard fought victory and a very professional job done by Manchester United with goals coming from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with a slight bit of luck as VAR overruled a goal scored by Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew because of offside.

Let’s take a look at some major talking points:

Martial Shines Yet Again

Anthony Martial
Martial scored in the 78th minute and effectively put the game to bed

Since the start of this season, Martial has stepped up his game drastically. Working hard off the ball, linking up the team and bagging essential goals.

Anthony Martial has been in blistering form in the Premier League in 2020. Martial has played 16 matches, scored 10 goals and won 9 matches in the premier league in 2020.

Always trying to make runs, go past the defenders with sublime skills, trickery and pace. That’s what Martial has been producing consistently on the pitch.

Added to that skill-set is the bulk of goals which a Manchester United No.9 is expected highly from, and Martial has been giving everything to the team.

Rashford Regaining Good Form

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford scored 1 goal and assisted 1 goal as he grabbed the Man of the Match against Palace

Marcus Rashford has now scored 17 goals and has 7 assists in the Premier League this season.

Rashford now has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 Premier League matches.

Its a sign that we are seeing Marcus Rashford return to his scintillating form before lockdown.

Also Read: https://www.theutdarena.com/preview-crystal-palace-vs-manchester-united/

Matic Integral To Good Team Performance

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic came on as a substitute in 2nd half in yesterday’s match against Palace.

Due to the packed schedule, United have had 2 games to play this week, with an important clash against Chelsea in the FA Cup to be played on Saturday in Wembley Stadium.

Scott Mctominay played in the place of Nemanja Matic, most probably because of the Chelsea game in mind.

United were not able to settle down and were often dispossessed in its own half by Palace’s press, much of which boils down to the fact that Matic’s absence was felt by the team greatly.

Matic’s direct forward passes and sitting back with the centre backs is core to United’s progression from the back and allows pogba to play that free roaming deep playmaker role that he seems to be taking to very well.

There was a huge difference before and after Matic’s introduction to the game and provided the team composure at the back, all of which is very essential to United’s way of playing under Ole.

Overview

Manchester United won at Selhurst Park which takes them on par in terms of points (62 points) with Leicester City who sit at 4th place with only a marginal difference in goal difference.

Chelsea sit at 3rd place, only a point ahead of Manchester United and Leicester City and take on Liverpool in their next match in Premier League at Anfield.

Leicester play away to Tottenham in their next Premier League match and then the final showdown match against Manchester United as the battle for top 4 is likely to go down to the final whistle.

Also Read: https://www.theutdarena.com/manchester-united-vs-southampton-five-talking-points/

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