Roy Hodgson refuses to contemplate life in Championship for Palace

Hope Soto
March 6, 2018

Indeed, Manchester United are unbeaten in 19 top-flight games against Crystal Palace (W16 D3 L0), since a 0-3 loss at Selhurst Park in May 1991 courtesy of goals from Ian Wright and John Salako (2).

But with just 9 Premier League games remaining, and United still to face three of the current top six in those games, they can ill afford any slip ups and will want to make it a Manchester 1-2 for sure.

"After the second goal it was very hard for us to come back, we showed character and did exactly what the manager wanted us to do", Matic told Sky Sports.

FW Romelu Lukaku, 6 - After a quiet game, he showed great patience to wait until he had a clear route to goal to take his shot to equalise.

For United, three points will see them go back above Liverpool to second where Champions League qualification is guaranteed.

"We have very good matches and we have very good periods of matches".

Shortly after halftime, Patrick van Aanholt doubled Palace's lead, and appeared to set the hosts on their way out of the relegation zone.

After coming from behind to beat Chelsea last weekend, Jose Mourinho's side will be desperate to continue their winning run against Crystal Palace.

United manager Jose Mourinho described his team's defending for that goal as "disgraceful, childish".

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"I am certain we can give a better account of ourselves than we did at Old Trafford".

For Manchester United, there are several players to keep an eye out for.

"But, by the personal point of view second is better than third so we are going to try the best possible".

In front of them, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba provided another line for Chelsea to try and breach, with the Chile worldwide often seen coming back to harry N'Golo Kante in the Chelsea engine room.

Last but not least, David de Gea is a big player in any formation.

After inspiring his side towards the relative safety of mid-table, a succession of injuries has undermined Hodgson and left his team struggling at a time when their rivals are again gaining vital points.

The drama wasn't over and in stoppage-time Matic stole the points for United, seizing the loose ball on the edge of the Palace area and cracking his strike into top corner to spark wild celebrations from the visitors.

Matic nearly equalised with a thunderous strike that Benteke cleared off the line and United's pressure was rewarded in the 76th minute.

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