Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings as Magnificent Eagles Defeat Lacklustre Red Devils

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Crystal Palace celebrate taking the lead against Manchester United. | RICHARD HEATHCOTE/Getty Images

Crystal Palace made it consecutive wins at Old Trafford for the first time ever, as they beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday.

It took just seven minutes for Crystal Palace to strike first thanks to Andros Townsend. Jeffrey Schlupp put the ball on a plate with his enticing cross across the box, and Townsend swept home to put the Eagles ahead early on.

Manchester United did not create any decent chances in response, with Mason Greenwood heading wide before Wilfried Zaha's emphatic finish was ruled out for offside. Palace had the chance to double their lead when Victor Lindelöf conceded a penalty and, although David de Gea saved Jordan Ayew's lazy effort, Zaha made no mistake thumping home the retake.

Substitute Donny van de Beek gave United a lifeline when he tucked his finish into the back of the net, but Zaha wrapped up the three points five minutes later, drilling a fine shot into the bottom corner to secure a famous victory at the Theatre of Dreams.

Manchester United

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

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David de Gea almost loses possession to Wilfried Zaha. | RICHARD HEATHCOTE/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) - 4/10 - Should have done better for the opening goal, and seemed uncomfortable both in between the sticks and in possession. Didn't go enough for the last goal. Essentially, bad.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB) - 6/10 -
Did sometimes manage to win one-on-one battles against Palace's forwards, occasionally showing positive signs pushing up the pitch.

Victor Lindelöf (CB) - 4/10 -
Was out of position far too often and cost United. Was unfortunate to concede the penalty, but was the victim of his own complacent defending. His 'effort' for Palace's third goal is better left un-talked about.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 5/10 -
Failed to effectively clear the ball and save United in defence far too often, looked uncomfortable at the back and had a nightmare against Palace's strike-force.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 4/10 -
Completely lost Townsend for the opening goal, while failing to do anything in dominating Zaha out wide.

2. Midfielders

Marcus Rashford, Andros Townsend
Marcus Rashford on the ball for Manchester United. | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (DM) - 5/10 - Gave away unnecessary fouls during the game and was underwhelming to say the least. Did help out in defence but to no avail, ineffectively partnering up with Pogba.

Paul Pogba (DM) - 5/10 - Should have done more in midfield, did show the occasional moment of flair with his passing, but did little to control the game from the heart of midfield.

Daniel James (RW) - 4/10 - Barely had a touch of the ball in 45 minutes, was very poor on the right wing. Showed little drive to go forward and threaten Palace, missed his big chance to prove his worth.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 5/10 - Was very underwhelming, did not create any clear cut chances and went down far too easily on multiple occasions.

Marcus Rashford (LW) - 6/10 - Was quiet for most of the game yet was one of the few United players putting in maximum effort from start to finish. Barely had any chances to shine,

3. Forward

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Anthony Martial on the ball. | Pool/Getty Images

Anthony Martial (FW) - 6/10 - Had a few sniffs at goal, but often could not even get past the first line of defence. Had the odd chance and did offer some glimpse of quality, but overall failed to do much as the lone striker.

4. Substitutes

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the Manchester United touchline. | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Mason Greenwood (RW) - 6/10

Donny van de Beek (DM) - 7/10

Odion Ighalo (FW) - 5/10

Crystal Palace

5. Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Joel Ward wins a header against Marcus Rashford. | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Vicente Guaita (GK) - 7/10 - Was rarely called into action in a quiet evening at Old Trafford, but made the simple saves when necessary. Unlucky to lose his clean sheet late on, but showed no sign of weakness in between the sticks.

Joel Ward (RB) - 6/10 - Kept Rashford quiet and reduced any attacking opportunities the hosts had. Did very well for the majority of the game, keeping United at bay.

Cheikhou Kouyaté (CB) - 7/10 - Was superb once again dropping back into defence, looking as natural as ever. Kept Palace's backline tight and compact, put in a fantastic shift at Old Trafford.

Mamadou Sakho (CB) - 6/10 - Was generally solid in defence, performing very well despite still being on the road to recovery from injury. Should have cleared his lines for United's goal, but helped see out the three points.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - 7/10 - Flourished again in Patrick van Aanholt's absence, looking extremely comfortable and composed on the left of defence. Solid going forward and kept his shape well alongside Sakho.

6. Midfielders

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Andros Townsend breaks the deadlock at Old Trafford. | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Andros Townsend (RM) - 7/10 - Movement and finish was excellent for the opening goal, was a live-wire on the right wing. Drove the Eagles' attack forward and created numerous chances out wide in a superb display.

James McArthur (CM) - 6/10 - Did well to keep the team's overall shape in midfield, helped win the midfield battle for the visitors and was solid as always.

James McCarthy (CM) - 7/10 - Once again formed a formidable central midfield partnership alongside McArthur, made some brilliant tackles and was outstanding throughout the 90 minutes.

Jeffrey Schlupp (LM) - 7/10 - Put in a decent shift on the left, was energetic from the first whistle and did really well to break through the lines and assist Townsend's early goal.

7. Forwards

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Jordan Ayew in action for Crystal Palace. | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wilfried Zaha (FW) - 8/10 - Caused problems for the United defence and was a real nuisance, creating chances and deservedly getting on the scoresheet against his former side from the spot. Did even better to add a second in an outstanding captain's performance.

Jordan Ayew (FW) - 6/10 - Was really lively all evening and linked up very well with Zaha, but missed two glaring opportunities: once with a weak effort, then with a lacklustre penalty that was saved by De Gea.

8. Substitutes

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Roy Hodgson at Old Trafford. | RICHARD HEATHCOTE/Getty Images

Ebere Eze (LM) - 6/10

Michy Batshuayi (FW) - 5/10

Luka Milivojević (CM) - 5/10

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