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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Man Utd 1 Palace 3

Man Utd1
van de Beek80'
Palace3
Townsend7'
Zaha74' 85'
Sat 19 Sep 16:30(KO listed in users′ timezone)

Premier LeagueOld Trafford

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Match Summary

With the armband gripping his sleeve for the first time, the Ivorian was perfectly placed to not only make history against his former club, but to do so in style - embodying the grit and resolve of a Palace side determined to maintain their success playing David away to English football’s largest Goliaths.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes one change to the Southampton XI, bringing Mamadou Sakho in for Scott Dann
  • Andros Townsend opens the scoring just seven minutes in
  • Palace are on top for the game’s first half an hour
  • United establish themselves going forward, but are unable to beat Palace’s backline
  • Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha trouble United late in the first-half, but the scoreline remains unchanged
  • Half-time: Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • The game is more equal as the second-half starts
  • Zaha's goal is ruled out for offside
  • Ayew's penalty is saved, but Zaha scores as the referee orders a re-take
  • United pull one back through Donny van de Beek
  • Zaha ensures a Palace victory by slamming home their third
  • Full-time: Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

After making three fouls in the game’s opening minute, Manchester United outlined their understanding of the Eagles’ attacking threat this afternoon - and their concern was vindicated just moments later.

Palace looked alert from the off, and with Jeffrey Schlupp showing his strength along the left-wing, his counterpart on the right, Andros Townsend, surged towards the back post astutely. Schlupp needed no second chance to find him, playing a ball across the box for the south Londoners’ No.10 to confidently fire home and stun the United backline.

PALMUN 03 Townsend.jpg

Whether it was last season’s triumph in the Old Trafford sun, their opening day victory or Zaha’s leadership in this most fitting of clashes, Palace appeared driven and determined to make their mark in M16.

Smelling blood in the water, Townsend first fired wide before Zaha closed David de Gea down in an awkward one-on-one for the Spanish ‘keeper.

Palace’s attacking dominance was not, however, to suggest they were enjoying an easy game - and Paul Pogba reminded his guests of the home side’s prowess with a well-hit shot from the edge of the box. The thudded effort didn’t come close to beating Vicente Guaita - who flopped to his right and held the ball firmly - but it did ensure players and fans alike avoided complacency. 

PALMUN 04 team.jpg

United established their grip on the game around the half-hour mark but were unable to capitalise on a tame period in charge. Despite having a defence hit hard by injuries, the visitors looked typically controlled at the back - with Roy Hodgson’s masterful organisation in front of goal shining through.

Even VAR’s lengthy penalty review and a free-kick from 15 yards couldn’t disturb the Palace net, and the first-half instead closed out with Jordan Ayew stinging De Gea’s reflexive palms and Zaha thwacking the side netting from distance.

The two shots were clear warning calls to the home team: a huge second-half awaited for Palace.

PALMUN 07 Zaha Ward Lindelof.jpg

The second 45 began exactly as the first ended: with Ayew denied by De Gea - and also as the first began: with Palace playing in the ascendancy. Openings fell to Townsend and Schlupp, but the visitors were only able to threaten with a series of half-chances.

The next major opportunity instead fell to United substitute Mason Greenwood, who headed inches wide from a hanging Timothy Fosu-Mensah cross.

The youngster’s effort inspired a United push that saw power change hands not for the first time at Old Trafford, but Palace retained their lead as they entered the final 25 minutes. This protection felt like a crucial fillip for Hodgson’s men, and forced United into another offensive change: handing Donny van de Beek his competitive debut in a bid to out-do the Eagles.

PALMUN 06 Townsend Schlupp.jpg

Ultimately, though, the Eagles out-did themselves, with Zaha firing into the roof of the net only for the linesman’s flag to curtail his wide-eyed celebrations.

Next, at one end, Victor Lindelof volleyed over from 10 yards and, at the other, deflected Ayew’s similarly close shot into De Gea’s arms - a pair of chances each side will be frustrated to have missed. Attention turned to the game’s resumption, only for VAR to halt play, encourage Martin Atkinson to his monitor and hand Palace a surprise penalty for handball.

The drama wouldn’t end in its next act, however, as Ayew struck low into De Gea’s hand, with the Spaniard leaping onto the rebound milliseconds ahead of his striking adversary. 

PALMUN 01 Zaha Townsend.jpg

Again, play resumed only to be pulled back - with De Gea having stepped off his line, handing him the advantage not only to save, but to collect the rebound, too.

Responsibility passed from Ayew to Zaha - the captain filling his role with aplomb - and naturally the Ivorian fired home against his one-time side.

Drama and controversy may have become the talking point from then on - and for some pundits it certainly was - but United nullified Palace’s advantage swiftly to cancel out the debate. The Red Devils opened their account through new signing and recent substitute Van de Beek, who turned home from inside the box to tee-up a potentially painful last 10 minutes.

PALMUN 10 Zaha.jpg

But Zaha, Palace’s bristling captain, had other ideas. Carrying the weight of facing one of the world’s largest clubs and defending a late, slender lead, the south London talisman shrugged off any pressure and took matters into his own hands.

He broke his way into the United box, using sheer force rather than treading a delicate path, and slammed home to secure victory from 15 yards.

The game couldn’t have closed better, nor provided a finer chapter in Zaha’s story - as boyhood protege led his local side to emphatic victory, all on his captaining debut.

PALMUN 09 Zaha captain.jpg

United: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah (Ighalo 81), McTominay, Pogba (Van de Beek 67), Fernandes, James (Greenwood 45), Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka, Fred.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Sakho, Mitchell, Townsend, McCarthy (Milivojević 88), McArthur, Schlupp (Eze 75), Ayew (Batshuyai 81), Zaha.

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Inniss, Meyer.

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Match Blog

Full-Time

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 3.
90'+7'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
90'+6'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James McArthur.
90'+5'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.
90'+5'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Luka Milivojevic.
90'+4'

free kick won

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90'+1'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90'+1'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
90'

miss

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
88'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
88'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
James McCarthy
James
McCarthy(22)
off
Luka
Milivojevic(4)
on
85'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 3. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
82'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
81'

Substitution

Manchester United
Timothy
Fosu-Mensah(24)
off
Odion
Ighalo(25)
on
81'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jordan Ayew
Jordan
Ayew(9)
off
Michy Batshuayi
Michy
Batshuayi(23)
on
80'

Manchester United Goal

Manchester United
Goal!
Manchester United
Donny
van de Beek(34)
Goal! Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 2. Donny van de Beek (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
80'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay.
78'

free kick won

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
76'

free kick won

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
75'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jeffrey
Schlupp(15)
off
Eberechi Eze
Eberechi
Eze(25)
on
74'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
73'

VAR

VAR Decision: Penalty Crystal Palace.
70'

VAR

VAR Decision: Penalty Crystal Palace.
69'

miss

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
68'

miss

Attempt missed. Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott McTominay following a corner.
68'

miss

Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a corner.
68'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.
67'

Substitution

Manchester United
Paul
Pogba(6)
off
Donny
van de Beek(34)
on
66'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
65'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
64'

Yellow Card

Maguire(5)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
64'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
63'

free kick won

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
63'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.
60'

miss

Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah with a cross.
58'

Yellow Card

Fosu-Mensah(24)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
58'

free kick won

Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
55'

Yellow Card

Ward(2)
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
55'

free kick won

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
54'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Paul Pogba.
54'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
53'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
53'

free kick won

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
51'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
51'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
49'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend.
45'

Substitution

Manchester United
Daniel
James(21)
off
Mason
Greenwood(11)
on

First-Half Ends

First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 1.
45'+4'

free kick won

Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
45'+3'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
45'+2'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Ward following a corner.
45'+1'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by David de Gea.
45'+1'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
44'

free kick won

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
42'

free kick won

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
41'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joel Ward.
41'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
41'

VAR

VAR Decision: No Penalty Manchester United.
39'

free kick won

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
36'

offside

Offside, Manchester United. Daniel James tries a through ball, but Timothy Fosu-Mensah is caught offside.
36'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
34'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay.
31'

miss

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
30'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
26'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
25'

miss

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
24'

miss

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a corner.
23'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.
22'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
22'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
20'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
19'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
14'

free kick won

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
13'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.
13'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
11'

miss

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
7'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Andros
Townsend(10)
Goal! Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 1. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.
6'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
4'

free kick won

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
2'

free kick won

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
1'

free kick won

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
1'

free kick won

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kick-Off

lineup

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Starting lineup

1
David de Gea
GK
23
Luke Shaw
DF
24
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
DF
58'
substitution icon81'
2
Victor Lindelöf
DF
5
Harry Maguire
DF
64'
39
Scott McTominay
MF
21
Daniel James
MF
substitution icon45'
18
Bruno Fernandes
MF
6
Paul Pogba
MF
substitution icon67'
10
Marcus Rashford
MF
9
Anthony Martial
S

Substitutes

3
Eric Bailly
11
Mason Greenwood
substitution icon45'
17
Fred
25
Odion Ighalo
substitution icon81'
26
Dean Henderson
29
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
34
Donny van de Beek
substitution icon67'
80'
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5-2
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4-3
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WHU
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Starting lineup

1
David de Gea
GK
23
Luke Shaw
DF
24
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
DF
58'
substitution icon81'
2
Victor Lindelöf
DF
5
Harry Maguire
DF
64'
39
Scott McTominay
MF
21
Daniel James
MF
substitution icon45'
18
Bruno Fernandes
MF
6
Paul Pogba
MF
substitution icon67'
10
Marcus Rashford
MF
9
Anthony Martial
S

Substitutes

3
Eric Bailly
11
Mason Greenwood
substitution icon45'
17
Fred
25
Odion Ighalo
substitution icon81'
26
Dean Henderson
29
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
34
Donny van de Beek
substitution icon67'
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6
73
44
+29
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CHEChelsea
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54
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47
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11
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9
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62
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13
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38
12
9
17
36
52
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14
CRYCrystal Palace
38
12
8
18
41
66
-25
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15
SOUSouthampton
38
12
7
19
47
68
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16
BHABrighton and Hove Albion
38
9
14
15
40
46
-6
41
17
BURBurnley
38
10
9
19
33
55
-22
39
18
FULFulham
38
5
13
20
27
53
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28
19
WBAWest Bromwich Albion
38
5
11
22
35
76
-41
26
20
SHUSheffield United
38
7
2
29
20
63
-43
23

Match Summary

With the armband gripping his sleeve for the first time, the Ivorian was perfectly placed to not only make history against his former club, but to do so in style - embodying the grit and resolve of a Palace side determined to maintain their success playing David away to English football’s largest Goliaths.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes one change to the Southampton XI, bringing Mamadou Sakho in for Scott Dann
  • Andros Townsend opens the scoring just seven minutes in
  • Palace are on top for the game’s first half an hour
  • United establish themselves going forward, but are unable to beat Palace’s backline
  • Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha trouble United late in the first-half, but the scoreline remains unchanged
  • Half-time: Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • The game is more equal as the second-half starts
  • Zaha's goal is ruled out for offside
  • Ayew's penalty is saved, but Zaha scores as the referee orders a re-take
  • United pull one back through Donny van de Beek
  • Zaha ensures a Palace victory by slamming home their third
  • Full-time: Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

After making three fouls in the game’s opening minute, Manchester United outlined their understanding of the Eagles’ attacking threat this afternoon - and their concern was vindicated just moments later.

Palace looked alert from the off, and with Jeffrey Schlupp showing his strength along the left-wing, his counterpart on the right, Andros Townsend, surged towards the back post astutely. Schlupp needed no second chance to find him, playing a ball across the box for the south Londoners’ No.10 to confidently fire home and stun the United backline.

PALMUN 03 Townsend.jpg

Whether it was last season’s triumph in the Old Trafford sun, their opening day victory or Zaha’s leadership in this most fitting of clashes, Palace appeared driven and determined to make their mark in M16.

Smelling blood in the water, Townsend first fired wide before Zaha closed David de Gea down in an awkward one-on-one for the Spanish ‘keeper.

Palace’s attacking dominance was not, however, to suggest they were enjoying an easy game - and Paul Pogba reminded his guests of the home side’s prowess with a well-hit shot from the edge of the box. The thudded effort didn’t come close to beating Vicente Guaita - who flopped to his right and held the ball firmly - but it did ensure players and fans alike avoided complacency. 

PALMUN 04 team.jpg

United established their grip on the game around the half-hour mark but were unable to capitalise on a tame period in charge. Despite having a defence hit hard by injuries, the visitors looked typically controlled at the back - with Roy Hodgson’s masterful organisation in front of goal shining through.

Even VAR’s lengthy penalty review and a free-kick from 15 yards couldn’t disturb the Palace net, and the first-half instead closed out with Jordan Ayew stinging De Gea’s reflexive palms and Zaha thwacking the side netting from distance.

The two shots were clear warning calls to the home team: a huge second-half awaited for Palace.

PALMUN 07 Zaha Ward Lindelof.jpg

The second 45 began exactly as the first ended: with Ayew denied by De Gea - and also as the first began: with Palace playing in the ascendancy. Openings fell to Townsend and Schlupp, but the visitors were only able to threaten with a series of half-chances.

The next major opportunity instead fell to United substitute Mason Greenwood, who headed inches wide from a hanging Timothy Fosu-Mensah cross.

The youngster’s effort inspired a United push that saw power change hands not for the first time at Old Trafford, but Palace retained their lead as they entered the final 25 minutes. This protection felt like a crucial fillip for Hodgson’s men, and forced United into another offensive change: handing Donny van de Beek his competitive debut in a bid to out-do the Eagles.

PALMUN 06 Townsend Schlupp.jpg

Ultimately, though, the Eagles out-did themselves, with Zaha firing into the roof of the net only for the linesman’s flag to curtail his wide-eyed celebrations.

Next, at one end, Victor Lindelof volleyed over from 10 yards and, at the other, deflected Ayew’s similarly close shot into De Gea’s arms - a pair of chances each side will be frustrated to have missed. Attention turned to the game’s resumption, only for VAR to halt play, encourage Martin Atkinson to his monitor and hand Palace a surprise penalty for handball.

The drama wouldn’t end in its next act, however, as Ayew struck low into De Gea’s hand, with the Spaniard leaping onto the rebound milliseconds ahead of his striking adversary. 

PALMUN 01 Zaha Townsend.jpg

Again, play resumed only to be pulled back - with De Gea having stepped off his line, handing him the advantage not only to save, but to collect the rebound, too.

Responsibility passed from Ayew to Zaha - the captain filling his role with aplomb - and naturally the Ivorian fired home against his one-time side.

Drama and controversy may have become the talking point from then on - and for some pundits it certainly was - but United nullified Palace’s advantage swiftly to cancel out the debate. The Red Devils opened their account through new signing and recent substitute Van de Beek, who turned home from inside the box to tee-up a potentially painful last 10 minutes.

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But Zaha, Palace’s bristling captain, had other ideas. Carrying the weight of facing one of the world’s largest clubs and defending a late, slender lead, the south London talisman shrugged off any pressure and took matters into his own hands.

He broke his way into the United box, using sheer force rather than treading a delicate path, and slammed home to secure victory from 15 yards.

The game couldn’t have closed better, nor provided a finer chapter in Zaha’s story - as boyhood protege led his local side to emphatic victory, all on his captaining debut.

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United: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah (Ighalo 81), McTominay, Pogba (Van de Beek 67), Fernandes, James (Greenwood 45), Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka, Fred.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Sakho, Mitchell, Townsend, McCarthy (Milivojević 88), McArthur, Schlupp (Eze 75), Ayew (Batshuyai 81), Zaha.

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Inniss, Meyer.

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Match Blog

Full-Time

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 3.
90'+7'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
90'+6'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James McArthur.
90'+5'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.
90'+5'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Luka Milivojevic.
90'+4'

free kick won

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90'+1'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90'+1'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
90'

miss

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
88'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
88'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
James McCarthy
James
McCarthy(22)
off
Luka
Milivojevic(4)
on
85'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 3. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
82'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
81'

Substitution

Manchester United
Timothy
Fosu-Mensah(24)
off
Odion
Ighalo(25)
on
81'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jordan Ayew
Jordan
Ayew(9)
off
Michy Batshuayi
Michy
Batshuayi(23)
on
80'

Manchester United Goal

Manchester United
Goal!
Manchester United
Donny
van de Beek(34)
Goal! Manchester United 1, Crystal Palace 2. Donny van de Beek (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
80'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay.
78'

free kick won

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
76'

free kick won

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
75'

Substitution

Crystal Palace
Jeffrey
Schlupp(15)
off
Eberechi Eze
Eberechi
Eze(25)
on
74'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Wilfried
Zaha(11)
Wilfried Zaha
Goal! Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
73'

VAR

VAR Decision: Penalty Crystal Palace.
70'

VAR

VAR Decision: Penalty Crystal Palace.
69'

miss

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
68'

miss

Attempt missed. Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott McTominay following a corner.
68'

miss

Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a corner.
68'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.
67'

Substitution

Manchester United
Paul
Pogba(6)
off
Donny
van de Beek(34)
on
66'

offside

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
65'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
64'

Yellow Card

Maguire(5)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
64'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
63'

free kick won

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
63'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.
60'

miss

Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Timothy Fosu-Mensah with a cross.
58'

Yellow Card

Fosu-Mensah(24)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
58'

free kick won

Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
55'

Yellow Card

Ward(2)
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
55'

free kick won

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
54'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Paul Pogba.
54'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
53'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
53'

free kick won

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
51'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
51'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
49'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend.
45'

Substitution

Manchester United
Daniel
James(21)
off
Mason
Greenwood(11)
on

First-Half Ends

First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 1.
45'+4'

free kick won

Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
45'+3'

free kick won

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
45'+2'

miss

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Ward following a corner.
45'+1'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by David de Gea.
45'+1'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
44'

free kick won

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
42'

free kick won

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
41'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joel Ward.
41'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
41'

VAR

VAR Decision: No Penalty Manchester United.
39'

free kick won

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
36'

offside

Offside, Manchester United. Daniel James tries a through ball, but Timothy Fosu-Mensah is caught offside.
36'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
34'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay.
31'

miss

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
30'

corner

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
26'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
25'

miss

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
24'

miss

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a corner.
23'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.
22'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.
22'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
20'

attempt saved

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
19'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
14'

free kick won

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
13'

corner

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.
13'

attempt blocked

Attempt blocked. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
11'

miss

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.
7'

Crystal Palace Goal!

Crystal Palace
Goal!
Crystal Palace
Andros
Townsend(10)
Goal! Manchester United 0, Crystal Palace 1. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.
6'

free kick won

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
4'

free kick won

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
2'

free kick won

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
1'

free kick won

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
1'

free kick won

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kick-Off

lineup

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.