Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United (AET)

David de Gea – De Gea made some key saves at vital moments to keep United in control. 7/10

Antonio Valencia – Did well defensively keeping Bolasie quiet, and was a real threat going forward at times. 8/10

Chris Smalling – Not his finest hour. His red card was deserved, and he struggled with the Palace attack at times. 4/10

Daley Blind – Could’ve been stronger on occasion, but his positioning was always spot on. 6/10

Marcos Rojo – Did well dealing with Wilfried Zaha. Unfortunate injury. 6/10

Michael Carrick – Passing was wayward at times, but as the game went on, his confidence grew. 7/10

Wayne Rooney – When things got tough our captain grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and dragged his players through. Was massive in Juan Mata’s goal. 8/10

Marouane Fellaini – Once again, Fellaini proved just exactly what he has to offer Manchester United. He won the aerial duel that mattered most, and arguably should have scored two earlier. 7/10

Juan Mata – Found pockets of space and got United moving forward. Bundled the ball over the line to keep United in the game. 7/10

Anthony Martial – Quiet for the most part, but you can tell Palace were extremely wary of his pace and ability. 6/10

Marcus Rashford – Gutted to see him limp off with an injury. He was outstanding and he gave Palace a real problem. 8/10

Subs:

Ashley Young – Brought on to bring pace to the attack.

Matteo Darmian – Defended diligently.

Jesse Lingard – What a moment for Jesse Lingard. A Manchester United youth graduate scoring a screamer to lift the trophy. The stuff of dreams.

Manager:

Louis van Gaal – Got his tactics spot on when United went down to ten men. Seemingly let the lads off the leash a little bit and allowed them to play with freedom. 7/10

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