Manchester United suffered another blow to its fading Premier League title hopes after a dour 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday left it 14 points behind Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s derby.


Runaway leader City has 65 points from 27 games and is in a commanding position after second-placed United lacked edge in foggy conditions at Selhurst Park, failing to break down a resolute Palace which had the game’s best chances.

It was a third successive 0-0 draw for United after a stalemate at Chelsea on Sunday and against Real Sociedad last Thursday which completed a 4-0 aggregate win over the Spanish side in the Europa League.

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, picked by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Scott McTominay, conceded United was too cagey. “We have to do much better, we have to risk more in attack…

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