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English Premier League match report Crystal Palace v Manchester United 05 March 2018

Posted: 5 March 2018 Time: 23:18

Manchester United came from two goals down to snatch a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.

Palace have troubled big teams at home this season and were looking to add the 20-time champions' scalp to their haul.

Roy Hodgson recalled Martin Kelly and Jeff Schlupp from long-term injuries, while United made only one change from their comeback victory over Chelsea in Jesse Lingard.

What the Red Devils encountered in the opening stages was a bombardment of shots, particularly from Andros Townsend and James Tomkins.

It wasn’t long before they fell behind through the cleverness of Townsend, who found the top corner with the help of a deflection from Victor Lindelof on the edge of the box.

United battled to break down the Eagles, whose counterattacking approach worked to perfection as they caught them napping on a few occasions.

The first change came at the start of the second half, with Marcus Rashford replacing Scott McTominay as United went with an all-out attack.

Jose Mourinho's men went further behind after Patrik Van Aanholt caught them sleeping to beat David De Gea at the near post two minutes from the break.

Ten minutes into the second-half, the Red Devils searched for a quick way back and found it with the head of Chris Smalling, who rose highest to head home at the far post.

They were almost pegged back again when Christian Benteke went up for a header, but fortunately for the visitors, it went wide of goal.

It took the inventiveness of Romelu Lukaku to draw the game level after a he collected Lingard’s shot that came off the crossbar to evade two defenders and beat Hennessey in the bottom corner.

Benteke forced De Gea into his trademark saves as Roy Hodgson’s side looked to regain the lead, but the Spaniard was having none of it whatsoever.

A firecracker is what it took to seal the points for Jose Mourinho’s side, with Matic unleashing a peach of a strike that gave Hennessey no chance in added time to take them back to second spot.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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