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Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United: Red Devils rated and slated

06 March 2018

Gary Pallister believes Victor Lindelof is starting to win the trust of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

"He scored a winning goal in Lisbon in the Champions League against Sporting; he's scored a few goals - not many - but he's scored a few goals".

They are still 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and only two in front of arch-rivals Liverpool, but a runner-up finish and Champions League qualification remains in their hands.

For the first 48 minutes, United were bad. Jose Mourinho's team did not start well, looking a bit disoriented and Andros Townsend took advantage of that to score after just 11 minutes.

Palace got on the board after Christian Benteke took on a defender on the left side.

Ordinarily, we'd suggest that Mourinho is unlikely to incur any punishment for his little mishap - but then again, this is a man with a chequered history of bottle abuse... An Alexis Sanchez pass, which hit the advertising hoardings with Antonio Valencia in acres of space, summed it up.

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From a quickly-taken free-kick, Schlupp sent Van Aanholt through on goal and, despite suspicions of offside, his powerful strike beat De Gea.

Matic then saw an effort cleared off the line by Benteke before, in the 76th minute his fellow Belgian Lukaku found the vital equalising goal.

The final 15 minutes involved the visitors in Palace's half desperate to find an equaliser that would lift them above Liverpool into second.

The goal was Lukaku's 14th EPL goal this season and his 23rd in all competitions for Manchester United this season.

"It is a good goal to show the kids in the academies all over the country because it proves that even top players can concede silly goals".

But despite the euphoria of victory, there are plenty of problems for Mourinho to address.

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He did, however, rue his side's errors and described the match as "difficult" for him to watch because the Red Devils "made so many mistakes".

Crystal Palace stay in the relegation zone in 18th, but only a point away from safety.

This was the flawless way to end one of the most exciting games of the season. It is a run-in that offers the opportunity to pick up enough points to reach the magical 40. When we're playing at Old Trafford, everything is possible.

The Eagles threw away a two-goal lead and allowed United to capitalise on their possession and secure victory with a dramatic late goal.

Speaking after the game to Sky Sports Mourinho criticised his team for the second goal but praised their work-rate to keep fighting.

It was far from pretty, but the team did what was expected of them.

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Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United: Red Devils rated and slated