Manchester United travelled to Selhurst Park to face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
A win for United would put them in second place, two points above Manchester City and six below table-leaders Arsenal.
Erik ten Hag fielded a starting XI that included a United debut for new January acquisition, Wout Weghorst. Antony was also restored to the side in place of Fred who was named on the bench.
Lisandro Martinez started ahead of Tyrell Malacia, which means that Luke Shaw was restored to his favoured left flank.
The Portuguese, who also netted against Manchester City, got on the end of a wonderful ball from Christian Eriksen and made no mistake in picking his spot to give his side the lead over the Eagles.
The physically dominant Weghorst attracted most of Palace’s defenders to him which left Fernandes with a world of space and time to make up his mind about where to put the ball.
United mustered 63% possession to their opposition’s 37%. They also registered an enormous 10 shots, with three springing Vicente Guaita to swift action.
Palace had only three shots, with one being on target.
With Martinez back in the side, United were defensively dominant against the London club and looked assured at the back.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Shaw played extremely high up the pitch which helped peg Palace back to their own half for large segments of the first half.
The Reds dealt with any questions asked of them by the Palace attackers to great effect and undoubtedly, heading down the tunnel, Ten Hag would have been pleased with what his team showed on hostile grounds.
Wan-Bissaka showing rapid progression
Wan-Bissaka produced a superb performance against his former team.
If any fan still harboured any doubts about the Englishman, his performance against Palace should put those uncertainties to bed.
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