Crystal Palace 2 Man Utd 3

Nemanja Matic

Crys­tal Pal­ace 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Sel­hurst Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Mar­ch 5, 2018. Fol­low­ing two suc­cess­ive away de­feats in the Pre­miership, Man­chester Uni­ted came from 2-0 down ag­ainst Crys­tal Pal­ace to edge out The Eagles by 3-2 cour­tesy of sec­ond ha­lf goals from the tri­um­vir­ate of Chris Small­ing, Romeulu Lu­kaku, and Ne­manja Matic. 

Crys­tal Pal­ace were mis­sing goal­keeper Ju­li­an Sp­er­oni, de­fenders Scott Dann, Ma­madou Sakho, and Joel Wa­rd; mid­field­ers Yo­han Cabaye, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ja­son Puncheon, and Wil­fried Za­ha; and for­ward Con­nor Wick­ham, where­as Man­chester Uni­ted were with­out de­fenders Phil Jones and Mar­cos Rojo; and mid­field­ers Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini and An­der Her­rera. The So­uth Lon­doners star­ted the bet­ter and the hosts got them­selves in­to the lead in the el­ev­enth min­ute when a pass from Chris­ti­an Ben­teke fou­nd An­dros Town­send who­se de­flec­ted shot went pa­st Da­vid de Gea and in­to the top right-hand cor­ner of the net. Fol­low­ing the re­start, Patrick van Aan­holt net­ted a sec­ond goal for Crys­tal Pal­ace three min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, on­ly for Chris Small­ing to re­duce the de­fi­cit for Man­chester Uni­ted five min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk. The Old Traf­ford si­de con­tin­ued launch­ing at­tacks and Ro­melu Lu­kaku equal­ised for The Reds wi­th a clo­se ran­ge strike from just out­side the six-yard-box af­ter a de­flec­ted ef­fort from Alex­is San­chez had bounced off the cross­bar wi­th four­teen min­utes re­maining, and as the mat­ch ap­proached its end Ne­manja Mat­ic ul­ti­mately hit the win­ner for the vis­it­ors wi­th a splen­did long ran­ge shot from twenty-five yards out in stop­page time. Crys­tal Pal­ace Te­am. Way­ne Hen­nessey, Mar­tin Kel­ly, Ja­mes Tomkins, Patrick van Aan­holt, Jef­frey Sch­lupp, Aar­on Wan-Bis­saka, Ja­mes McAr­thur, Luka Milivo­jevic, An­dros Town­send, Chris­ti­an Ben­teke, Al­ex­an­der Sor­loth. Sub­stitutes: Jarosław Jach, Jairo Rie­dewald, Pa­pe Sou­are, Dami­en Delaney, Er­dal Rakip, Chung-yong Lee, Diego Cava­lieri. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Vic­tor Lin­delof, Chris Small­ing, An­tonio Va­lencia, Ash­ley Young, Jesse Lin­gard, Ne­manja Mat­ic, Paul Po­gba, Scott Mc­Tom­inay, Alex­is San­chez, Ro­melu Lu­kaku. Sub­stitutes: Eric Bailly, Mat­teo Dar­mian, Lu­ke Shaw, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ju­an Ma­ta, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Joel Pereira.


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Crys­tal Pal­ace be­at Man­chester Uni­ted 5-0 at Sel­hurst Park on the 16th of Dec­ember 1972 thanks to a brace each by Pad­dy Mul­ligan and Don Ro­gers plus a goal from Alan Whittle. Uni­ted gaf­fer Frank O´Farrell was sacked shortly af­ter the ga­me and was re­placed by Scot­land boss Tom­my Docherty.


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