Manchester United’s goalless streak is 285 minutes after a third goalless draw in a row for the Red Devils, this time with Crystal Palace in Selhurst Park on Wednesday

Perhaps United are resting their hats on the hope that their bad finish may not last long, even if the next game is a Manchester derby with one of the best teams of a generation on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium (11:30 a.m. start time ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSportscom)

Nineteen total shots, eleven for United, resulted in three hits in a match that would be instantly forgotten without the foggy, rainy aesthetic featured in south London

With 51 points from United, they’re 14 points behind leaders Man City, with 11 games left for each team The Leicester City draw with Burnley and all dreams of a title fight feel as dead as the ball on Wednesday

Palace’s 34 points mean the Eagles are likely safe 11 points have been removed from the bottom three and there are so many games left /

1 A definite lack of Pogba: It’s three zeros for United, and the Real Sociedad and Chelsea split is a bit more understandable than a disappointing and monotonous draw with Palace but United are sometimes devoid of imagination without Bruno Fernandes And So Good Marcus Rashford also is, it doesn’t matter without one of the world’s best thread pullers pulling the strings

2 A definite shortcoming from Zaha: Palace’s top six spots early in the game on Wednesday are absolutely respectable, from future star Eberechi Eze to a strike couple made up of Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke who have been pretty decent over the past few weeks But Eze is not yet approaching Wilfried Zaha’s status and the Ivorian’s absence has screamed from the void he has left on the field

3 injuries don’t help a team (and Palace’s list is growing): James McCarthy was injured on his first start since January and has been limited to 148 minutes in the league since the calendar change to 2021 Palace was also without Zaha, James McArthur, James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho among others, while a lower United welcomed Edinson Cavani back but without Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial throwing the rain and a losing streak for goals and it just wasn’t much for the eyes

Joel Ward and Harry Maguire made some immense interventions, but it was the center of Palace that held it back with McArthur and McCarthy.Jairo Riedewald was bright in McCarthy’s place for the last 23 minutes

A rain-soaked first half may have added to the aesthetic drama on television, but it did little for the action

Marcus Rashford missed a Luke Shaw-inspired chance directed at Edinson Cavani with one foot on the near post

Joel Ward was next to deny Cavani the chance to do what he does best He slipped to cut out a flank and deny the Uruguayan an easy end to the rear post

There were some near-misses and big mistakes in the second half, both in the case of Daniel James in 78 Minute before Patrick van Aanholt and because of a United corner

Mason Greenwood crafted a curling shot out of nowhere that made Vicente Guaita fly but missed the frame late

Van Aanholt almost went from lucky defender to match winner, but Dean Henderson made it in the 90 Minute a great stop against the Dutch

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