Manchester United stretched their unbeaten away run to 21 league games but lost further ground to leaders Manchester City after a 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace.
United started well, but faded in a poor first half at Selhurst Park, with Nemanja Matic’s deflected strike as close as anyone came to scoring.
After the break, Palace had the better of the play, but both sides lacked the required quality to snatch all three points, with United especially disappointing in attack, despite having a wealth of attacking options on the pitch.
A third successive 0-0 in all competitions means United have now won just two of their last eight league games, but somehow have held on to second spot. City, however, are almost out of sight, 14 points clear at the top ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday.
With David de Gea missing for “personal reasons” Dean Henderson was given his chance in goal for United, but he was a bystander in the first half as United had the better of the openings.
Edinson Cavani had several chances, Matic was denied by a fine stop from Vicente Guaita, while Marcus Rashford fired just wide.
After the break, the energy seemed to have been sapped out of United, who rarely threatened the Palace goal. The fact Luke Shaw was the only real outlet says it all.
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Patrick van Aanholt had a glorious chance to snatch victory at the death for Palace but Henderson made a smart block to at least preserve his side a point.