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Gary Neville hails ‘fantastic’ Crystal Palace defender, suggests he didn’t have much to do last night

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Gary Neville hails ‘fantastic’ Crystal Palace defender, suggests he didn’t have much to do last night

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has been deemed “fantastic” by Gary Neville, who suggested the veteran centre-back didn’t have much to do last night.

The Eagles held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park, the visitors’ third stalemate in a row.

Palace’s back line did well to keep the Red Devils at bay, with Joel Ward arguably the pick of the bunch as he nullified Luke Shaw’s threat.

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Likewise, Patrick van Aanholt, Cheikhou Kouyate and Cahill impressed, the latter a vocal presence at the back as he directed his teammates into position.

Neville praised Cahill while criticising the United front line, deeming them static.

“There was no movement tonight,” the Red Devils legend told Sky Sports.

 

“They were playing in straight lines which means for Bruno Fernandes, those two in midfield, McCarthy and Milivojevic, never got moved all night.

“Gary Cahill’s been a fantastic centre-back in the Premier League for many, many years but I didn’t see Greenwood or Rashford make a run in behind him.

“There was no movement, no urgency and they were static. That means Bruno ends up being easily marked and easily picked up.”

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Although Palace continue to miss Wilfried Zaha, they are very organised and difficult to break down, which proved the case once again last night.

The Eagles have picked up five points from their last three games and as such look set for a comfortable mid-table finish.

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