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Three Matches In 2021 That Man Utd Suddenly Wish They Could Have Back

Man Utd defeated Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday again delaying Manchester City being crowned champion. City lost to Chelsea on Saturday and dropped points to Leeds a month ago as well.

Man Utd claimed all three points against Villa today.

If Man Utd defeat Leicester on Tuesday they would cut the gap to seven points with three games left. Seven points can be equated too dropped points in three games.

If they had these three matches back the title race going into these last couple of weeks would have been drastically different, obviously, but if you look back at this season and games that should have been wins, these really stand out as big what-ifs.

There are more than three matches that could have forced a better title race, but my top three are: Sheffield United at home, Everton at home and Crystal Palace away.

Man Utd Fall to Relegated Sheffield United in January

United hosted rock bottom Sheffield United on a Wednesday after knocking out rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup the weekend before. Sheffield United from the beginning of the season looked destined to go down after languishing at the bottom for months.

Even in January there was a consensus that Sheffield United are going to go down and Man Utd should go into these types of games and win, especially at home.

After poor clearing and sustained pressure from the Blades, Oliver Burke had his shot deflect off of Axel Tuanzebe and past David de Gea to steal the points in 74th minute. United were not able to get a late equalizer and Sheffield United came into Old Trafford and took 3 points.

A huge and obvious blow in the title race for Man Utd. Since that defeat at home to Sheffield United, Man Utd have not lost in the league since.

Man Utd Drop Two Points to Everton in Stoppage Time

United went into the game against Everton only three points behind City, but City had a game at hand. They could have been level on points before City destroyed Liverpool but instead ended up being five points behind City after the weekend.

After going up 2-0 at half time, United were pegged back quick in the first six minutes of the second half. A goal from Scott McTominay in the 70th minute put United back up.

A Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time meant that the points would be shared on the day at Old Trafford.

United would go on to draw against another soon to be relegated team, West Brom, and Man City made up their games and United were now down 10 points.

The West Brom game was a contender for one of the games, but the Crystal Palace game really cemented the title going to City.

A Stale 0-0 Draw in London

Man Utd headed to London on the 3rd of March to face a dreadful Crystal Palace side that could not score a goal to save their lives. BUT, no one could score on them either and they were fine playing like that.

All it was ever going to take was one goal for United and they would get the three points instead they left London frustrated by a Palace team that did not have their best player and former United player, Wilfred Zaha.

Man Utd could only muster one shot goal despite having 63% of the possession on the day. The weather was grim and foggy, typical English weather, you would have hoped for United to test the keeper from long range, get some shots off.

City would go on to take a 14 point lead after this result and it was becoming clear they would win the title.

Manchester United could not get it done on those days and if you look back on what could have been these results really stick out. The seven points dropped in these matches would have made things really exciting going in to the final few games.

Crystal Palace 0 Man United 0

The most notable change in the starting line up was Dean Henderson starting in goal as David De Gea was unable to play for personal reasons. The first chance of the game came in the twelfth minute when Matic‘s driven shot was going straight for the top corner but was deflected wide by the Crystal Palace goalkeeper. The majority of the first half was very evenly matched between both teams with chances coming from either side.

The first substitution of the match came from the Crystal Palace side when Jairo Riedewald came on in the sixty third minute to replace James McCarthy. Man United made their only substitutions in the seventy forth and sixth minute respectively when Scott McTominay came on to replace Fred followed by Daniel James coming on to replace Edinson Cavani. The last substitution of the match was from Crystal Palace who brought Jeffrey Schlupp on to replace Eberechi Eze. The match finished a nil all draw in what was a boring match from start to finish.

Although there were no stand out performances tonight I would have to give my man of the match to Dean Henderson who did make a very good save towards the end of the match which saved us from coming away with no points today.

Matchday 29 Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Due to schedule rearranging Manchester United face Crystal Palace on Wednesday in London, instead of late March, teams continue to face the difficulties of a condensed schedule. 

Palace could be without star man and former United forward Wilfred Zaha for at least another match, with manager Roy Hodgson hinting at a possible return later in the week when he spoke before a goalless draw against Fulham on Sunday. 

Both United and Palace played to boring goalless draws at the weekend in the capital, Palace definitely were the worse side. Palace had no shots on target against an 18th placed Fulham and should have lost if it was not for the inform Vincent Guaita and a well drilled Hodgson defense. 

Palace currently look safe from relegation and if they never score again this season they can still stay up, Palace will surely play for the points if they are without Zaha. They do have the ability to snatch a late goal with Christian Benteke and recent goal scorer Jean-Philippe Mateta providing good size for long ball opportunities. 

United lost last September to Palace 1-3 at Old Trafford. Zaha scored two on the day including a penalty. Andros Townsend opened the scoring and looked lively on Sunday against Fulham. Aaron Wan-Bissaka oddly was left on the bench in that game and Timothy Fosu-Mensah started the game, Fosu-Mensah is no longer with the club. 

United’s draw on Sunday was a controversial one as VAR did not overturn a penalty decision when Callum Hudson-Odoi looked to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

The Top 4

A few teams around United in the top 4 are in action during the week, City could go up 15 points on United after they face Wolves on Tuesday. 

Leicester play Burnley on Wednesday and could overtake United at second place before United kick-off a couple hours later. 

Liverpool play Chelsea on Thursday with fourth place on the line. Everton could sneak into fourth place also because West Ham will not play during the week.

United currently hold a 5 point advantage over fourth place West Ham.

Check back later for notes on the manager’s press conference.