Manchester United player ratings: De Gea crucial as Van Gaal’s side battle for draw

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Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, with David de Gea playing a vital role in earning them a point.

The Spaniard made key saves during the game, and ultimately proved to be the star performer for Louis van Gaal’s side as Anthony Martial threatened to be decisive.

See how the pair rated along with their United teammates in our player assessment below:

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David de Gea – 7/10

Made some crucial saves early on to deny the hosts the perfect start to the game, and showed his worth thereafter to keep things tight at the back.

Matteo Darmian – 6/10

Looked nervous in the second half as he defended Wilfred Zaha knowing that he had been booked earlier. That resulted in Van Gaal’s decision to replace him just after the hour mark.

Chris Smalling – 6/10

Got too tight to Dwight Gayle at times, but other than that played a key role in United keeping a clean sheet.

Daley Blind – 6/10

Quality on the ball helped United build from the back, while he was a steady presence in defence for the most part.

Marcos Rojo – 6/10

Similar to Darmian in that Zaha caused him plenty of problems when he was on Palace’s right flank, but did well enough to cope with the threat.

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