While the performance was abysmal to say the least, a small positive to come out of the result was that David De Gea secured a clean sheet, which has been an extremely rare occurrence this season.
De Gea posted a picture of himself from the Palace game, with the caption: ‘Very proud of these 250 matches in the Premier League. Thanks Manchester United, and to you (fans) for your support always’.
The post attracted more than a thousand comments, but one which caught everyone’s eye was that posted by former Manchester United left-back, Patrice Evra.
The Frenchman commented how very proud he was of De Gea for having won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award on four different occasions with the Mancunian giants – the most by any player in the club’s history.
However, Evra was quick to add that this feat would have been simply impossible during ‘their time,’ and quite rightly so, considering the drastic drop of quality the squad has experienced following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
During Evra’s 8.5-season stint at Old Trafford between 2006 and 2014, seven different players were handed the Player of the Year award, viz. Wayne Rooney (x2), Cristiano Ronaldo (x2), Nemanja Vidic, Javier Hernandez, Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie, and lastly, David De Gea.
However, following the full-back’s departure in 2014, De Gea has picked up the award on three separate occasions so far, with midfielder Ander Herrera managing to break the trend just once in 2017.
While the talented shot-stopper did not validate Evra’s claims for obvious reasons, he did reply by expressing his gratitude and admitting that he missed the experienced defender’s presence at the club.