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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United Report

    By Scott Hunt

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew felt his side should have beaten Manchester United in the league for the first time since 1991 after they squandered chances in their 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

    It ended a run of 23 games without a draw for Palace and made it three goalless draws in a week for Manchester United and their increasingly under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.

    United managed just one effort on target, a Wayne Rooney free kick, with Palace having the better chances and going close through Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye in particular.

    Pardew acknowledged the value of a point against United but believes they could have taken all three.

    It's an important point for us,” Pardew told his press conference.

    “We deserved three, but we'll take the one. We had a couple of really good chances. Scotty Dann's header and Yohan Cabaye had a bigger chance.

    “The fans were excellent and they were patient today. We were patient and caused them problems.

    “We decided to do a high press today, which is risky against United. We got off to a good start and should have scored.

    “United got their game going at the end of the first half, so half time was important for us.

    “We're coming up against teams in good form at the moment. We've got to see this run through and try to get something at Liverpool.”

    United keeper David De Gea was called into action after 11 minutes, tipping Bolasie’s shot onto the crossbar.

    The Spaniard was on hand again to deny Scott Dann from a close range header before the visitors grew into the half and began to take control. Chances however were hard to create for United, despite huge swathes of possession and that drew frustrated chants from the travelling fans.

    Palace have never beaten United in the Premier League but had a golden opportunity to do so with 20 minutes remaining, but midfielder Cabaye volleyed wide from Joel Ward’s cross.

    More chances came and went for Palace as Dann, Dwight Gayle and Damien Delaney all went close, but United clung on for a draw.

    Van Gaal’s side have now failed to score in over five hours of football but they do boast the meanest defence in the league having notched up their seventh clean sheet of the season.

    The draw saw both sides lose ground on those around them, with Liverpool leapfrogging Palace into seventh after their win at Chelsea, while United slipped four points behind joint-leaders Manchester City and Arsenal and were knocked down to fourth by Leicester.

    With mounting pressure on their attacking ineptitude, United face a crunch Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday before attempting to kickstart their stuttering league form when they host West Brom next Saturday.

    Palace have a tricky trip to Anfield next Sunday to face Jurgen Klopp’s resurgent Liverpool side, with Pardew’s men looking to jump back above the Reds in the Premier League table.

    Picture Source: AFP/GETTY

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