The Race For Second Place Is Well And Truly On

By Martin Mongan


Manchester United amazingly came back from a 2-0 deficit to snatch all 3 points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday evening.

The home team took a surprising lead thanks to a goal from Andros Townsend.

Just after the ten-minute mark, Christian Benteke picked up the ball just outside of the 18-yard box and found Townsend with a low driven pass. Townsend smashed the shot first time into the top right corner, leaving David De Gea rooted to the spot.

Crystal Palace played a more defensive style of play after taking the lead. Palace’s main objective was to frustrate Manchester United, which worked to an extent.

Palace went into halftime in the lead, which was a tremendous shock t0 the system. Palace started the evening third from bottom, with United third from the top.

Three minutes into the second half, Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt doubled Palace’s lead with a well-placed finesse shot into the bottom left corner.

United’s hope for a tie looked well and truly over at this stage, as luck was not on the team’s side.

Antonio Valencia found Chris Smalling in a crowded Palace box, who headed the ball into the back of the net, fifty-five minutes in.

United kept the pressure up and after an Alexis Sanchez shot, which hit the crossbar and fell to the feet of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored a well-deserved goal to complete United’s comeback 76th minutes in.

Both teams began to show determination to win the game in the final 15 minutes. Both Palace and United had chances to snatch the coveted three points.

A moment of brilliance by Nemanja Matic sealed a win for United. The ball came out to the Serbian who smashed the half-volley first time from 25 yards out and beat Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Manchester United moved back up to second place, thanks to the well-deserved win.



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