Nemanja Matic lifts Manchester United in stoppage time vs. Crystal Palace
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 07, 2018,
Mar 07, 2018, 3:24
Pogba was wasteful in the first half, giving away possesion and failing to help spark the attack for a side that went behind to an Andros Townsend goal in the 11th minute.
United was all over Palace for the remainder of the match, and Matic thought he deserved a penalty for an incident around the time of his hitting the post. But what I can say was all about the tactical positioning.
Christian Benteke collected the ball on the left and moved inside before squaring to Townsend, whose first-time shot from 19 yards out took a deflection off Victor Lindelof on its way into the top-right corner of the net.
But fats forward 12 months and the United boss is free to carry on his duties as normal as his side prepare for the impending visit of fierce rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Smalling triggered the Manchester United comeback with a headed goal, with Romelu Lukaku levelling the scoreline with a fine finish in the 76th minute. A win would have pushed them up to 13th in the tight relegation battle. Defender Jeffrey Schlupp took a quick free kick, sending a pass to a wide-open Patrick van Aanholt.
Christian Benteke's header nearly restored Palace's lead minutes after United's equaliser but De Gea's right hand save denied the Belgian striker a goal.
Palace have failed to win any of their 18 Premier League meetings with Manchester United - a Premier League record for most games against an opponent without victory.
The Baggies remain rooted to the bottom of the table while just a point separate Stoke City and Southampton who sit in nineteenth and seventeenth place respectively following their goalless draw at the Bet 365 Stadium.
It seemed as though United had all of the momentum but they still needed De Gea to bail them out when Benteke once again climbed above Smalling, only for the Spaniard to claw his header away at full stretch. Fortunately, United have David de Gea.
But United responded well and pulled one back in the 55th minute - Smalling, who had threatened just a few moments earlier, meeting Antonio Valencia's cross with a fine header to usher in another period of dominance for Mourinho's men.