Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira handed Chris Richards his first English Premier League begin on Wednesday at Selhurst Park and the American defender rose to the event in opposition to an in-form Manchester United squad.
Richards logged 90 minutes for the Eagles in a 1-1 draw with the Purple Devils, ending Manchester United’s quest for 10-consecutive victories in all competitions. The U.S. males’s nationwide crew centerback crammed in for the injured Joachim Andersen, and walked away with added confidence after a stellar efficiency.
The 22-year-old partnered Marc Guehi within the coronary heart of Vieira’s backline, and did properly to restrict a Man United assault that includes new signing Wout Weghorst and in-form Marcus Rashford. Richards gained seven of his duels within the match, whereas additionally finishing three of 4 tackles, making three clearances, and drawing one foul.
Bruno Fernandes’ first-half objective was cancelled out by Michael Olise’s thumping equalizer off a perfectly-placed free kick. Olise’s objective got here within the 91st minute, condemning Manchester United to its first draw since October 22.
“In fact, you may see that he must play extra video games to construct his confidence, however when he wanted to defend, he did it rather well,” Vieira mentioned postmatch about Richards.
“We purchased Chris understanding his power and high quality,” he added. “He’s been really unlucky with a couple of injuries which didn’t allow him to train or play games. Now he’s fully fit, we know he’s a good defender, and he can play when we want to build from the back, so we just need to build his confidence now, but the quality is there.”
It was Richards’ first 90 minute outing since beginning in a 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Oxford United in August.
Crystal Palace sits twelfth within the Premier League desk following the draw and can subsequent host fourth-place Newcastle United on Saturday.