Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye feels Manchester United failed to make any chances in Saturday’s Premier League game and that if you work hard they are not dangerous.
Cabaye signed for Palace this summer, returning to English football after a two-season spell at French champions Paris Saint-Germain. He has instantly become a vital cog in Alan Pardew’s successful side, who currently sit tenth in the Premier League.
Having faced Man United under Sir Alex Ferguson for Newcastle United, Cabaye says the team has changed hugely in the way you can play against them and their lack of chances is obvious.
Following United’s 0-0 draw with Cabaye’s Palace, the Frenchmen said: “I remember I played against Man United for Newcastle they could score at every moment in a game.
“Here they did not have the big chances to score. Wayne Rooney had a free-kick in the first half and that was about it.”
“Yes, they are a big club and yes, they can keep the ball – passes, passes, passes – but if you work hard against them and stay in a good shape they can’t do anything to pass through you or be adventurous.”
Scott Dann, Palace’s centre-back on Saturday, agreed with his teammate and added: “That’s the way they are set up, they prefer to keep the ball for long periods.
“They want to keep it away from you. But that means they don’t create as many chances or threaten you as much as they did in the past.
“The quality is still there, so you have to stay on your toes. And rather than come at you like they used to do, they try to move you from side to side and try to wear you down. But they didn’t have too many chances and we should have won.”
It’s damning from Cabaye and Dann, and their analysis of United seems fitting with recent performances.
Louis van Gaal is rebuilding United and doing so brilliantly (in stages) but watching United has become a laborious process at times with little incisiveness and little drive to get forward instead of playing it, as Dann said, from side-to-side.