The big talking point over the last week has undoubtedly been the Manchester United performance and all that came with it, including poor refereeing decisions and diving wingers. Whilst this column looks back over the last few days, enough has been said on the subject from numerous platforms, including the post match analysis here.
For that reason, the Old Trafford experience will instead be looked at from the constant and proud noise that emanated from the away end for the entire 90 minutes. It is no secret that these big teams such as United, Arsenal and others have had their atmosphere gentrified through ticket prices and commercialisation, but through sheer numbers these supporters should be able to make a noise.
Other than the actual goal celebrations there was barely a whimper, in fact even after the initial celebrations died down the noise from the travelling fans came back to the fore and remained. The Palace away support is a point of pride for the club, as of course is the home support, and this was no better advertised than in front of a global audience through a televised game.
Whilst the focus has been on the match, the playing squad has seen a couple of departures over the last seven days. Firstly, at the end of last week Kwesi Appiah secured a loan move to Cambridge United in time to feature for them on Saturday, and he made an instant impact by setting up their only goal in a 1-0 win as they look to strengthen their position at the top of the Skrill Conference Premier.
This will be a good opportunity to get competitive game time for a player who has been unable to break into the first team but showed potential upon signing and has featured regularly for the development squad.
Following Appiah out the loan door this week was Stephen Dobbie, who has rejoined Blackpool for the third time in his career until January. Dobbie was an unfortunate victim of the vast transfer activity undertaken by the club this summer, having been one of the first officially through the door after making last season’s loan move permanent.
As new additions have been made, Dobbie has slipped down Holloway’s plans and unfortunately for him not had the chance to showcase himself in the Premier League. He was a player who helped the club gain promotion, both scoring and assisting, but whether he will play again is unknown. This will depend on the time between now and the New Year.
Finally, we must end on a sad note as Crystal Palace club president Peter Morley passed away over the weekend, aged 84. We here at Palace Mad would like to send our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.
Daniel Smith - @dmsmith1987