Sports Desk, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Manchester United squandered a chance Wednesday to narrow the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City, managing only a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
The hosts, still without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha, were content to cede the ball to United on a foggy night at London’s Selhurst Park.
Even so, the Red Devils put just a single shot on target, a strike from Nemanja Matic in the 12th minute that forced a fine stop from Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
At the other end of the pitch, Dean Henderson had to come off his line in the 89th minute to stop Patrick van Aanholt from snatching all 3 points for the home side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad are scoreless in their last three matches in all competitions and have just one victory in their last five.
United trail City – who have won 21 games in a row – by 14 points heading into Sunday’s Manchester derby. Crystal Palace sit in 13th place with 34 points, 11 clear of relegation.
Leicester City may have cause to look back with regret on Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, where the third-place Foxes could have increased their advantage over West Ham United to seven points.
The visitors dug a hole for themselves by conceding a goal in the 4th minute.
Burnley’s Matej Vydra pounced on an errant pass from Leicester midfielder Hamzy Choudhury and beat defender Daniel Amartey before putting it past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Kelechi Iheanacho brought the Foxes level in the 34th minute, but Brendan Rodgers’ charges could not find a winner.
Despite having much more of the ball, Leicester generated few chances and Schmeichel ended up the busier of the two keepers, making six saves.
The Foxes go to 50 points, 5 ahead of West Ham. Burnley remain 15th with 28 points, 6 above the drop zone.
The club at the bottom, Sheffield United, posted their fourth win of the season Wednesday, edging Aston Villa 1-0 on David McGoldrick’s goal at the half-hour mark.
Conceding 72 percent possession, the Blades played the final third of the match with 10 men after Phil Jagielka was shown a red card for bringing down Anwar El Ghazi in the area.
The referee initially pulled out a yellow card, but a VAR review concluded the veteran defender had denied Villa a goal-scoring opportunity.
Sheffield improve to 14 points, a dozen from safety. Villa are ninth with 39 points. EFE