Six talking points from Crystal Palace 2 United 3
Seriously, how great was that win at Crystal Palace? It was a typical Manchester United fightback and the second-half performance had everyone buzzing after the final whistle at Selhurst Park. Here, we present just six of the talking points up for discussion…
That is a massive claim to make and one that nobody foresaw at half-time, when we were 1-0 down and clearly in trouble after a poor first-half performance. But, after such an unpredictable and mesmeric comeback in south-east London, it is surely now a valid question. So what do you think? In terms of suspense, entertainment and genuine jaws-to-the-floor action, have there been any better United matches this campaign? The 3-1 win at Arsenal in December is perhaps a rival, but that was more owing to the absurd number of shots (41), quality of goals and David De Gea’s performance.
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EVEN THE STEWARD ENJOYED IT!
Nemanja Matic scored his first United goal with a masterful half-volley from distance, which flew into the top corner to inspire scenes of sheer delirium, both among the players and travelling fans in the away end. Amazingly, as the TV cameras followed the celebrations beside the goalmouth, one Crystal Palace steward was pictured with a broad smile spread across his face as jubilation surrounded him… until he spotted the lens and immediately reverted to type! In fairness, it was impossible not to get wrapped up in the moment, and he soon dispelled the crowd like a pro.
BACK TO BACK COMEBACKS
The moment the steward forgot he worked for Crystal Palace and was celebrating with the Manchester United players... until he realised he was on TV#sackedinthemorning #CPFCvMUFC pic.twitter.com/PVyvnM4pcc— UTTFootball (@UTTFootball) March 5, 2018
Jose Mourinho’s men have climbed off the canvas in the last two matches, having overturned deficits against Chelsea and Palace. It is the first time a United side has completed back-to-back comebacks in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, since the wins against Braga and Aston Villa in November 2012. The last time we did it in the Premier League was in August and September 2012, when the Reds fought back to earn a couple of sensational 3-2 wins over Fulham and Southampton.
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Fair play to Jose and his coaching staff, because our second-half replacements were all effective in changing the game in our favour. Marcus Rashford, who replaced Scott McTominay, was especially positive throughout his 45-minute outing, as he terrorised the Palace full-backs from his position on the wing, offering a different dimension to the attack. Juan Mata and Luke Shaw also impressed after coming on for Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, as United threw caution to the wind when chasing the comeback. The changes were gutsy, attack-minded and, ultimately, incredibly successful.
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Such a win would have been impossible without the heroics of our world no.1, after he pulled off yet an unbelievable save that had fans scratching their heads in amazement. It happened when the score was 2-2, and a cross flew into the box from the right wing for Christian Benteke to meet. The giant Belgian rose high and got a good connection, nodding the ball towards the bottom-left corner of the net and a goal looked imminent, until De Gea appeared with an acrobatic stop that bore resemblance to the great England goalkeeper Gordon Banks denying Pele at the 1970 World Cup.
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Romelu is just one goal away from joining the 100 club in England’s top division, following his composed finish against the Eagles on Monday night, and he could reach the landmark by scoring against historic rivals Liverpool this weekend. His near-century of strikes includes the 17 he scored with former club West Bromwich Albion, and 68 netted for Everton. Saturday could be a big day!