Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Best & Worst Crystal Palace Players Rated After A Depressing Defeat Vs Manchester United

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Syed Shaiban
Currently a student and a Bengaluru FC fan. Involved with grassroots football from the last 3 years.

Roy Hodgson and the Eagles visited Old Trafford and got absolutely trampled on the day. Nothing else possibly was expected from a team that had registered no goals and no points in the Premier League so far. Goals from Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku finished Palace off. Roy has a huge task ahead and there have been very little positive to take from this game. Here is how the Crystal Palace players have been rated from their loss Vs Manchester United.

GK: Wayne Hennessey – 5.5/10

Made a few notable saves like the one to deny Martial later on in the game. He surely was not helped by his defence.

RB: Joel Ward – 4/10

Rashford outdid him splendidly to get past him and provided an assist for Mata. He had a tough evening and Martial’s arrival didn’t help him either. Only positive is that he blocked a shot from Rashford which was going to hit the target.

CB: Mamadou Sakho – 3/10

Hardly noticeable and he hasn’t been the commanding figure he was last season. Disappointing.

CB: Damien Delaney – 4/10

Fellaini beat him aerially for the third goal and he did not cope with United’s attack at all.

LB: Patrick Van-Aanholt – 4/10

Mata’s clever movement troubled him and he did not even get a chance to go on the attack.

CM: Luka Milivojevic – 4/10

Fellaini overran him and beat him in all areas of the game. He couldn’t set Palace free whenever he got the ball either.

CM: Yohan Cabaye – 5/10

Slightly better off than the other players but he too struggled to get Palace out of the mess. He got a ball across to Sako who got a shot at De Gea but nothing else was noticeable otherwise.

RM: Andros Townsend – 6/10

He was the best in the Crystal Palace shirt. His solo runs had Ashley Young sweating a bit but sadly there was no end product for Palace to work upon. Hodgson would be looking at this to take the positives from.

AM: Jason Puncheon – 4/10

Didn’t have any influence on the proceedings.

LM: Jeoffrey Schlupp – 4/10

Made very few runs forward but didn’t have any support too to help him out. He was on the back-foot defending several times.

ST: Bakary Sako – 5/10

Had a shot blocked by De Gea otherwise, he was a correct depiction of a frustrated figure at the top.


CM: James McArthur – 5/10

Made very little impact after coming on.

CB: Jairo Riedewald – 4/10

Palace conceded more after his arrival so that speaks volumes about his impact I guess.

FW: Fredrick Ladapo – N/A

Came on very late.

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