Neville on Manchester United performance - '45mins drifted by’

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Gary Neville was not impressed with United in the first half today...

Manchester United faced something of an important tie against Crystal Palace this evening - after a tough season sees them going to Selhurst Park without the once trademark swagger The Red Devils would have 12 months ago.

It has been a busy week at Old Trafford. They tied down Wayne Rooney to a new long-term deal - worth £300k-a-week - and that was supposed to give them a boost into this game.

But you would not have thought it in the first half.

United struggled to get into any rhythm in the first half - and while they seemed to step away from the relentless crossing game that did them no favours against Fulham recently, they still looked like scoring a goal was out of their reach for much of the opening 45.

They passed the ball around aplenty, but continually came up against a brick wall in defence - and at the back they looked flakey - and Palace had chances.

One former Manchester United player summed it up perfectly.

Gary Neville, now an analyst on Sky Sports, was watching the game - and he had this to say at half-time:

Luckily United came out better in the second half - and thanks to the clumsiness of Marouane Chamakh the game opened up and United won the game 2-0.

But if they continue to play in this almost absent minded manner as they did in the first-half - things will not get any better any faster for David Moyes and co.

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