Manchester United extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions on Wednesday night, after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Paul Pogba scored the opener right at the brink of half, which was cancelled out by James McArthur in the second half. However, United’s new boys Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined magnificently in the 88th minute to win it for the Red Devils, and earn the valuable 3 points.
Here’s how Jose Mourinho’s men fared in the game:
DAVID DE GEA: 6
Made a sensational save to James McArthur’s shot. Was decent otherwise, despite conceding one from close range.
ERIC BAILLY: 6
Did the job in his new position. Made a good run into the opposition box to create goal scoring chance, which wasn’t taken.
PHIL JONES: 7
Was a rock at the back yet again. May keep Smalling out of the starting lineup if he continues to perform this way.
MARCOS ROJO: 6.5
Was lucky not to get sent off for the rash two-footed challenge, but played well otherwise. Assisted Mata’s disallowed goal, and came close to heading in a goal himself in the second half.
DALEY BLIND: 6
Did the job at left-back.
MICHAEL CARRICK: 7
Dominated the midfield, and showed once again how crucial his calm presence is for Manchester United.
ANDER HERRERA: 7
Remained energetic and hyperactive in the middle of the park.
PAUL POGBA: 8
One of his best performances in the United shirt. Scored the opener with a neat finish, and assisted the winner with a sublime pass. Man of the match.
Reporter: "Zlatan, can you give the Man of the Match award to Paul Pogba."
Zlatan: "Nah, I'll keep it for me." pic.twitter.com/DjD57jQ5lZ
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) December 14, 2016
JUAN MATA: 6.5
Took the free-kick that led to the Pogba’s goal. Unlucky to have his goal disallowed.
WAYNE ROONEY: 6
Was an attacking threat in the first half, but fizzled out in the second.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: 7.5
Was industrious throughout the game. Clinched the crucial winner, and then helped his team defend the lead by shielding the back four.
MATTEO DARMIAN: 6
Replaced Bailly at right-back. Did his defensive duties, and whipped in a good cross or two.
JESSE LINGARD: 6
Looked lively on the right since coming on for Mata.
MARCUS RASHFORD: 5
Didn’t have much to do.