Manchester United slipped four points behind the league leaders on Saturday, as they produced another mind-numbingly performance against Crystal Palace, which exposed all their attacking limits.
It was the third consecutive game in which United have failed to score and they could consider themselves lucky not to have lost the game, given Palace tested David De Gea in more than one occasion.
Here’s five talking points from Saturday
There is a lot 36 pounds can buy you. Half a tank of fuel, ten pints and most of Kerry Katona. It could also get you a seat at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Though it seems strange that an establishment would charge such a sum of money rather than just spooning your eyeballs out with an ice cream scoop for free.
The display against Middlesborough midweek was atrocious, with or without lasers.
Wayne Rooney has been awarded a testimonial by Manchester United, to be held next summer, and it has fuelled rumours that the United captain is coming to the end of his United career.
Testimonials are usually given to players at the end of their career and the money raised gave some security to footballers at a time when they could earn more in an everyday job. These days the money is given to charity and Rooney will be donating to children’s charities via his Wayne Rooney Foundation.
Manchester United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup after losing on penalties against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, as they produced an utterly dreadful performance that will heap further pressure on Louis Van Gaal.
With Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo the only survivors from Sunday’s 0-0 draw against City, United looked lethargic, sluggish in possession and absolutely devoid of ideas for the best part of the 120 minutes and squandered a host of glorious chances to secure progression to the next round.
Here’s five talking points from last night
Louis Van Gaal has hinted he might add a signing or two to his side in January, as he looks to bolster his squad.
United signed Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay last summer, before splashing £36m on Anthony Martial on deadline day, but Van Gaal remains keen to strengthen his options.
Chris Smalling said he’s determined to justify the praise Wayne Rooney and Louis Van Gaal have heaped on him after some brilliant performances this season.
The England defender has been in fine form for United so far and has been singled out for praise by his manager and captain, with Rooney describing him as one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Wayne Rooney has heaped praise on Anthony Martial, after the Frenchman’s career at Old Trafford got off to a blistering start since signing from Monaco on deadline day.
The Frenchman did not score against Manchester City but was again of the best United players on the pitch, despite being deployed out wide on the left to accommodate Rooney up-front.
Chris Smalling believes Manchester United’s stalemate draw in the Manchester derby does not rule them out of a title challenge this season.
United missed the chance of joining Arsenal at the top of the table as they failed to create any meaningful scoring chances until late in the second half and remained two points adrift of the league leaders.