Toothless Crystal Palace equal English football league's worst ever run

"I hope some of the players that couldn't play in Moscow can recover".

A second half goal by Kevin de Bruyne left City just ahead of United on goal difference. However, they can not seem to afford risking Bailly's absence for too long due to excess workload, as maintaining a stable defensive mechanism is as important as scoring goals, which the Red Devils now aren't short of.

To no one's surprise, Manchester United crushed Crystal Palace easily on Saturday.

Not a bad team but and it is likely that some of the names already in there will be seen in the PFA Team of the Year come the end of the season - barring any serious injuries. With the visitors having offered nearly nothing in attack, it was hard to avoid assuming the game was already over. Eric Bailly is another United players not to feature and the Ivorian is replaced by Chris Smalling in United's back-four.

United doubled their advantage in the 35th after the industrious Ashley Young delivered a flawless cross from the left for Fellaini to sweep home at the far post.

The Ivory Coast global has been back in training recently and it was hoped he would be available for selection with domestic football taking a step back for the worldwide break this week.

The goal was born from a header near Marouane Fellaini who stood two meters in front of goal as he grabbed a pass from Rashford's free kick. On seeing the points table of Premier League, Manchester United is in the 2nd place with 16 points and Crystal Palace is the last place with no points.

Juan Mata celebrates after scoring the opener.

The brace took the Belgian's tally to four this season, twice as many as the entire Palace side have scored in all competitions.

Capped 57 times by Italy, the pinnacle of his worldwide career came at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, playing in five matches as the Azzurri lifted the trophy for the fourth time.

  • Julie Sanders