Man United were held to a drab 0-0 draw by Roy Hodgjon’s Crystal Palace on Wednesday. It was the third successive 0-0 draw for United in all competitions. In a dour Premier League clash played in foggy conditions at Selhurst Park, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could manage only 1 shot on target. As a result of the draw, United are now 14 points behind runaway PL leaders Manchester City.
United are now second on 51 points from 27 games ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday. It was United’s third goalless draw after their fixtures against Chelsea and Real Sociedad.
Ole gave Edinson Cavani his first start after being side-lined for four matches with a muscle injury. Cavani came close for United to score in the 14th minute but his shot went over the bar.
United came close to scoring when Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic in the opening half but to no effect. Cavani saw his effort in the 44th minute denied by a super Joel Ward clearance.
For the hosts, Andros Townsend fired just wide for Palace on the hour mark. The home side missed the game’s best chance in the 90th minute as Dean Henderson kept out Patrick van Aanholt who was one-on-one with the United goalkeeper.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer espressed after the game, “It’s not what we want, but that’s the football we’re playing in. We’re in the Premier League and you have to play better to win games.”
“We know we’re in a battle to be as high in the table as possible. You sometimes see results that go the way we don’t expect. We know we’re in a fight and we need to pick up every point we can.”
Hodgson said, “There were some very good signs tonight about us getting back the composure we’ve lost in a couple of recent games.”
“It’s not easy to create chances against United, as their run away from home shows. And every time we’ve played United, as long as I’ve been here, it’s always been a reason to celebrate when you get a result.”