Ratings: Paul Pogba starred in his best performance for Manchester United


Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening. Paul Pogba, assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the final minute of the first half, by Palace had equalised 21 minutes into the second half, with United looking to be suffering another 1-1 draw this season. Marcos Rojo was the villain of the match, fouling Wilfried Zaha with a two-footed tackle, seeing himself booked, but possible should have been sent off, just like he should have been against Everton just over a week ago. United never gave up, though. Pogba was a player at the top of his game, playing one of the best matches for his club this season. The Frenchman had one goal, one assist, four shots on goal, four chances created, six dribbles, 91 passes and 100% of his tackles won. Imagine if he would have signed for Manchester City, tackling would not be something he would be doing as Pep Guardiola does not teach tackles to his players, albeit somewhat strange. United, with another three points in the bank, can now think about Saturday’s trip to West Brom, where another three points will be needed, with this match destined to be a tough encounter.

Goals: Paul Pogba 45+2′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 88′

Assists: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 45+2′, Paul Pogba 88′

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly (Darmian 52′), Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Mata (Lingard 71′), Pogba, Rooney (Rashford 80′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger

Bookings: Marcos Rojo 38′, Paul Pogba 70′, Marcus Rashford 84′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Had very little to do in the first half of the match, which is beginning to look like the same story for United, which is a good thing. Made a great save around the hour mark of the match.


3 Eric Bailly

Looked to have suffered a recurrance of his knee injury twice this evening, but recovered and battled on. Good on the overlap, which gives United another outlet in the right-back position, albeit temporary. Bailly was replaced by Darmian in the 52nd minute of the match after being unable to continue.


4 Phil Jones

Commmanding in his area, this Phil Jones is so much better than the last. Good to see him take his chance and get a run of matches, looking like he will be a first choice starter for a while yet.


16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian has had a great few months, playing some great football and getting himself some recognition in the meantime. Sadly though, Rojo is still a liability two footing Zaha in a challenge, receiving a yellow card, when it maybe should have been a red - just like at Everton.


17 Daley Blind

Played at left-back and did what he needed to do. I see him as the one to fill Carrick's boots when he retires based on his intelligent play and eye for a pass. Decent game for the Dutch player this evening.


16 Michael Carrick

The English midfielder still has what it takes. His calming presence in midfield, his eye for a pass and his ability see him as an intrinsic player for Mourinho's side. Replacing him will be a problem. Great performance.


21 Ander Herrera

A good game for the Spanish midfielder. Did what he has been doing this season under Mourinho. One of the stand out players of the match. United in his blood and certain to be a contender to be the next club captain.


8 Juan Mata

It was one of those nights for Mata - scored United's second goal, which was disallowed for being offside. Had a good game on the right-wing, after standing in for Mkhitaryan after he became injured against Spurs at the weekend. Replaced by Lingard with twenty minutes remaining.


6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman the ABU's love to hate played some great football against Palace. Pogba opened the scoring for United after being assisted by Zlatan in the final seconds of the first half.


Ratings: Paul Pogba starred in his best performance for Manchester United

The captain did not look at his best form on his return to the starting XI. He could have had some good shots, but his first touch, the fact he under hit his passes, added to his slowness suggests that his best days are gone. Replaced by Rashford with ten minutes remaining.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swedish striker assisted in Pogba's opening goal of the match, also taking a free-kick for United in the second half, which was well off target, despite beinghit with some speed. Scored United second goal, with a great inish after being assisted by Pogba.



Matteo Darmian

Replaced Bailly. Laced some ability to defend, which is what he's required to do. Started well at United, but now looks so far from the player that was brought to the club less than two-years ago.


14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mata. Added some pace to the squad. Played well with his teammates.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Rooney. Booked minutes after coming on. Did not really get into the game. Early days to write him off.


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