Flamini made his first start for Crystal Palace since moving from Arsenal in the summer.
Mathieu Flamini has featured so little for Crystal Palace that his inclusion in Wednesday's starting lineup prompted many to question when his transfer to Selhurst Park even happened.
(It was 8 September, in case you were still wondering.)
Manchester United's visit brought only the Frenchman's fourth appearance for the Eagles and first from the beginning - although his participation was short-lived, as he made way for Joe Ledley at the half-time break.
Flamini's withdrawal, however, was not performance related, with the midfielder admitting afterwards that he was suffering from a tight groin and hoped to be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.
As far as many Palace fans are concerned, the former Arsenal man's cameo was one of few positives from a 2-1 defeat which kept Alan Pardew's side three points above the Premier League's relegation places.
Can Flamini save the Eagles' season? Here's what's been said so far:
Thought Flamini looked good in 1st half, looked composed and kept possession well, if he's injured I hope he isn't out for long #cpfc— Stewart James (@stewmj81) 14 December 2016
Just a word for Cabaye and Flamini in the middle, thought they had a good understanding, shame he only has 45mins in him... #cpfc— Mark (@MarkyP7) 14 December 2016
Hennessy and Flamini were good tonight as was Ledley in second half. Not enough quality up front but deserved a draw. #cpfc— Joniesta (@iamthejlaw) 14 December 2016
Thought Cabaye and Flamini looked good together in one inch of positive news #cpfc— georgieCPFC (@Georgie185) 14 December 2016
Also, why did Flamini come off? Arguably our best player first half— Zak init (@ZakyyBoyy) 14 December 2016
Flamini looked really good. Surprised he went off at ht. Presumably fitness not there, but wasn't obvious to me.— Daren Lowry (@darenlowry) 14 December 2016
Flamini was legit my MOTM. Did he have a knock?— Bradley (@1BradleyRussell) 14 December 2016
Flamini, who was not offered a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, is under contract at Crystal Palace until June 2017.
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