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Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace: Mourinho blames lack of 'heart'

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Man Utd didn't have enough intensity - Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused his players of not showing "enough heart" after they limped to a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace.

At the start of what Mourinho described as a key run of eight league games between now and the end of 2018, United produced an insipid display against opponents who are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone.

"You must play with brain and also with heart and I think not enough heart," he said.

"We didn't have that intensity that in my opinion is basically related with your brain, with your heart. There are games that are special games and not just one more, and this was a special game.

"It was the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we needed to win, and it was not enough from the heart."

United have won just three of their nine games at Old Trafford this season.

Romelu Lukaku had an attempt ruled out for offside and another kept out by Wayne Hennessey, who also produced smart saves to deny Jesse Lingard.

But Palace, without a win in their previous seven league games and one point above the bottom three, created several chances as they tried to secure a first league win at Old Trafford since 1989.

Patrick van Aanholt twice went close, Andros Townsend blazed wide and a header by Cheikhou Kouyate was also disallowed for offside.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace had lost on their past 11 league visits to Old Trafford

Where is United's season heading?

United fans have had to endure some disappointments this season, and this was another day to forget for Mourinho and his players.

On the eve of the game, the manager claimed United could break into the Premier League's top four by the end of December.

They still might, but they will have to play an awful lot better than they did in this laboured performance, which left them 14 points behind leaders Manchester City after just 13 games.

Paul Pogba and Lukaku were recalled to the side, yet World Cup winner Pogba failed to finish the game and Lukaku is still searching for his first league goal since 15 September as United failed to score at home for the fourth time this campaign.

Lingard was United's most threatening player for spells and his first-time shot from close range brought out the very best from Hennessey.

Anthony Martial rarely looked like making it six goals in six Premier League games as United dropped two more points ahead of a congested eight-match December programme, which includes games against Arsenal (home) and Liverpool (away).

United have a quick chance to get over this when they host Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.

However, Mourinho added: "If we play with the same philosophy against Young boys then we won't win."

Palace show they have stomach for a fight

The long wait for a Palace league victory at Old Trafford goes on.

Yet Roy Hodgson and his players left Manchester with renewed vigour in their battle to stay out of the relegation zone.

Hodgson has claimed this season his side have not got the results their performances have merited.

"At least we got something and on another day if fate had been kinder and we had been a bit more clinical, we could have won it," he said.

"At least I have got the satisfaction of believing the team played extremely well."

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Hodgson 'proud' of Palace performance

The odds were stacked against Palace. They had lost on their past 11 league visits to Old Trafford and have not scored a league goal at the ground since 2004.

However, Wilfried Zaha sparkled on his return to his former club as Hodgson's team produced one of their best performances of the season to secure a crucial point.

Zaha's pace caused countless problems, and if Townsend had shown more composure after creating an opening for himself in the second half, Palace would have been celebrating a famous win.

They have a tough December on the horizon, including a visit to leaders Manchester City and a home game with Chelsea, but this gritty performance will give them some encouragement.

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha (right) in action against Manchester United
Zaha's pace caused problems throughout and the former Manchester United player had four shots - more than than any of his team-mates

'We didn't win one point - we lost two' - what they said

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:

"I'm frustrated. We didn't win one point - we lost two. There was not even aggression and not enough intensity.

"When the opponent had the ball, we didn't press enough. They were allowed to breathe and relax.

"When you are at home and want to win the game then you don't stop until you win it. We played the game nicely but not with enough intensity."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson:

"We have played like that the last four games against tough opponents. We have played Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.

"In each of those games we have come out thinking 'we have played well'. I'm proud of the team's performance. I can't ask any more than what they gave me.

"The shape, organisation and discipline of the team was as good as it has been. On the counter-attack we looked very dangerous and had some good opportunities."

There was at least one positive for Man Utd - the stats

  • This was United's first home Premier League clean sheet of the season - they last kept one against Watford in May.
  • Palace had 13 shots in this match, their most in an away Premier League game this season. However, just two were on target.
  • United are unbeaten in their last 21 league meetings with Crystal Palace (W17 D4).
  • Palace picked up a first point in a league game at Old Trafford since winning 2-1 in December 1989.
  • This was United's 65th 0-0 draw in the 26 seasons of the Premier League - 31% of them have come in the six seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
  • United failed to score in a top-flight home meeting with Crystal Palace for the first time since October 1970.

What's next?

Manchester United are back at Old Trafford on Tuesday when they look to book a place in the Champions League knockout stage when Young Boys (20:00 GMT) visit.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have a week to prepare for the visit of fellow strugglers Burnley to Selhurst Park on 1 December (15:00).

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 36Darmian
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 18YoungBooked at 71mins
  • 14LingardSubstituted forFellainiat 60'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forSánchezat 68'minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forRashfordat 60'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Martial

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 7Sánchez
  • 10Rashford
  • 13Grant
  • 17Fred
  • 25A Valencia
  • 27Fellaini

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12SakhoBooked at 27mins
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthur
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 9mins
  • 7Meyer
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forSchluppat 88'minutes
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forJ Ayewat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 9Sørloth
  • 14J Ayew
  • 15Schlupp
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
74,516

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 0.

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United).

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Hand ball by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew replaces Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Andros Townsend.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matteo Darmian with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mamadou Sakho.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.

Attempt missed. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Luka Milivojevic.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United).

Booking

Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Alexis Sánchez replaces Paul Pogba.

Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

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15Crystal Palace13238817-99
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