Crystal Palace 2 Man Utd 3
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.