Sheffield United: Player ratings as the Blades grab their first win back in the Premier League in beating Crystal Palace

Sheffield United continue their impressive reintroduction to the Premier League as they beat Crystal Palace to claim their first win of the season.

Sunday, 18th August 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th August 2019, 11:13 pm
Chris Wilder celebrates victory over Crystal Palace with Luke Freeman

Here is how we rated the individual performances on a memorable afternoon at Bramall Lane.

A relative spectator for the entire afternoon, his only save of the game coming in the first half when he was forced to palm a curling effort from Townsend out. Commanded his area well
Brilliant. Couple of superb early crosses caused havoc in the Palace box and tormented van Aanholt throughout the game. Also coped well with Zaha threat. Saw yellow for a late challenge on McCarthy

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Doubled up at every opportunity with Baldock to stop Zaha and did the job brilliantly. Defended brilliantly against dangerous Benteke in the air and got forward when he could, too
Punished a couple of times by referee David Coote but marshalled United's back three so well, especially when Zaha drifted inside having got no change out of Baldock and Basham
Suffered an early blow to the head in an aerial challenge with Benteke but recovered well with another commanding performance. Unfortunate not to score from a header, from Basham's looping cross
Never stopped running all game and one moment of skill, with a superb pirouette to take him away from his marker, was a particular highlight. Looked a threat all game alongside Baldock
Looked like he was just starting to run the game in midfield alongside Norwood when his afternoon ended prematurely through injury. United will hope he won't be out for long
Superb again, screening the back four and using the ball effortlessly and intelligently. One sprayed pass to Baldock completely foxed van Aanholt. A real captain's display in the middle of the park
Booked as early as the seventh minute for a challenge on Zaha and that was his last misstep of the game. A superb cross almost brought the opening goal for McGoldrick and then he delivered it himself with a calm finish from close range
Created an almighty roar inside Bramall Lane when he chased down Palace's defenders and forced an early mistake. But didn't quite impose himself on the game and went off injured
Could, and probably should, have opened the scoring from Lundstram's superb cross but gave Guaita a chance by not hitting the ball as cleanly as he'd perhaps have liked. Made way for Jagielka late on
Arrived earlier than he'd have expected with Fleck's injury but was superb. Full of clever touches and flicks, but put his foot in when needed as well.
Almost got his head booted off in one high challenge and helped United see out the victory by giving them a focal point up front
Replaced McGoldrick in the dying minutes to help United see out the game. Was given a wonderful ovation when he came on