Crystal Palace lost the battle to Manchester United at the last minute following Nemanja Matic’s outside box goal.
Roy Hodgson’s boys became commanders of the game after Townsend and Aanhalt scored subsequently before Smalling and Lukaku’s goals neutralized their command whereas Matic screamer from 25 yards killed the home side.
Just 11 minutes into the first half, Crystal Palace through Townsend took the lead. Benteke clinched onto a nice pass from Milivojevic, faced and dealt with Smalling on the edge of in their own box, played the ball to Townsend, whose first touch hits off Lindelof’s shoulder and flies into the top corner past indecisive De Gea.
Jose Mourinho’s boys looked composed and determined to level scores at the start of the second half but surprisingly just three minutes in to the remaining 45, Palace got a free kick, Schlupp passed it quickly to Van Arnholt meanwhile their opponents were unaware. He flowed down the left, unhindered, and smashed it past De Gea at the near post to double their lead!
7 minutes later, Smalling pulled one for the visitor. Amidst the whole hearted defensive play by Palace, they mistakenly didn’t clear a corner standardly and the ball graced Valencia who chipped it to Smalling before 29 years old defender with liberty node it home.
Whereas Romelu Lukaku at the 76th minute brought United in terms with Crystal Palace. Sanchez’s shot was deflected to Lukaku in the area whom Crystal Palace defenders failed to stop before the Belgium International chose the far corner as the destination of the ball.
Meanwhile unusual suspect Matic won the day for Manchester United as he scored his first goal for the Red Devils. Following an attack led by Mata, the ball found its way to Matic who putdowns a boot at it and gets some malicious late away swing.
The gives back the second spot to Manchester United whereas Crystal Palace who had moved to 13th from 18th returns back to 18th to battle with relegation.