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Moments of the Decade: Old Trafford 2011

24 November 2015


All this week we are giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Palace moment of the last decade. Here we reflect on when the Eagles stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011.

The majority of the 2011/12 season is one that won’t live too long in the memory, but away from a 17th place finish in the Championship there was an epic run to the League Cup semi-finals for supporters to savour.

Crawley Town, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough and Southampton were all seen off at Selhurst Park before the quarter-final draw pitted Palace against the reigning Premier League champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Granted little hope by the pundits and experts previewing the game, Palace arrived in Manchester having failed to find the back of the net in their previous five matches, and Sir Alex Ferguson rang the changes to his side which still included Dimitar Berbatov, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia, with youngsters Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and Mame Biram Diouf also seeing some action.



But Palace kept the hosts at bay for the first half and gave them a real scare after 65 minutes when Darren Ambrose picked the ball up 40 yards from goal, took a touch and arrowed a lethal strike into the top corner to score a wonderful goal – described by Gary Neville as one of the best ever scored by a visiting player at Old Trafford, and what would ultimately be voted as the club’s best strike from the past 10 years.



But the lead only lasted four minutes when Federico Macheda won and converted a penalty, however Palace had gained plenty of confidence with 19-year-old Wilfried Zaha putting in a remarkable display which would go a long way to prompting Ferguson to sign him two years later.

Having forced extra-time, Palace regained the lead when Glenn Murray headed in a free-kick by Ambrose in the 98th minute, and they saw off the remaining time by absorbing the United onslaught to book their spot in the final four of the competition, where they would lose to Cardiff City on penalties.




Was this your favourite Eagles moment from the last 10 years? Vote for yours online here where you can watch this and the all the other contenders now!

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