Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Analysis

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Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening and got a much needed three points after being held to a draw by Liverpool on Sunday. So, what happened in the match? 

Starting XI
Manchester United: De Gea, Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Dalot, Sanchez, Lukaku 

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, van Aanholt, McArthur,  Milivojevic (c), Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi

Match Highlights
8' Manchester United had the first real chance from a corner but Lukaku couldn't keep his volley down from six yards out as he blazed it over the bar. 

11' Palace then had a good opportunity on the other end but Townsend fired his shot over the bar in a similar fashion to Lukaku.

33' GOAL! United take the lead after Shaw dribbles past four Palace players then plays it back for Lukaku, who takes a touch and bends the ball around Tomkins and into the bottom right corner. 

34' Schlupp had a great chance to equalize immediately after, but his free header went poorly wide of the goal. 

45' Halftime: Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United 

52' GOAL! United extend their lead to two goals. United's corner wan't cleared properly, Smalling got a head to it and Lindelof was able to flick it into the path of Lukaku, who shoved Schlupp out of the way and hooked the ball home to get his second goal of the night and eleventh of the season. 

66' GOAL! Palace halve the deficit. Schlupp picked up the ball on the left flank and drove to the byline before playing an excellent ball across the box and Ward was there to head home. 

83' GOAL! United have restored their two goal advantage. Pogba plays a nice one-two with Lukaku before finding Young in acres of space, he then takes a touch and fires it past Guaita and into the back of the net. 

96' Palace have a goal ruled out after Ward puts the ball into the back of the net for the second time, however the referee indicated that De Gea had the ball in his hands and awarded United a free kick. 

97' Fulltime: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United

What does this mean?
This result puts Manchester United only 1 point behind Arsenal in 4th place after their 5-1 thumping of Bournemouth at the Emirates. This is also a record-breaking 8th consecutive away win for the Red Devils and Ole still remains unbeaten in the Premier League.  

What's next for United?
Manchester United's next match is against relegation-battling Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. This could be a good chance for United to sneak back into the top 4 with Arsenal and Tottenham playing on the same day. 


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