Crystal Palace seal shock 3-1 Premier League win at Manchester United

Palace rode their luck after the break, but a below par United can have few complaints about losing their first game of the new season.

The visitors looked to stay compact and hit United on the counterattack in the early stages, and that paid off perfectly after just seven minutes.

Mamadou Sakho’s pass fed Jeff Schlupp in behind the United defence and his low cross flew across the box with Townsend arriving on cue to tuck home at the far post.

That early setback rocked United, with Paul Pogba’s long range effort their only chance inside the first 45 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood after the break, but the teenager wasted a brilliant chance to equalise on the hour mark.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross was perfect for the England international, but his free header flashes wide of the post.

That miss was to prove crucial for United, as Palace were handed an early season present by VAR with twenty minutes to go.

Referee Martin Atkinson chose to go with the technology and award the softest of soft penalties against Victor Lindelof.

United were initially handed a reprieve as David De Gea saved Jordan Ayew penalty, but Atkinson firmly removed himself from Solskjaer’s Christmas card list by ordering a retake.

Zaha pulled rank on Ayew for the second spot kick as the former United man fired past De Gea.

The hosts did look to rally in the closing stages, as debutant Donny van der Beek slotted home, but
Palace’s pace and power on the counter proved the difference once again.

With United pushing high up in the Palace half, a long ball out of defence released Zaha yet again and he held off Lindelof to seal all three points.

FULL TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD IT’S MANCHESTER UNITED 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 3

Leicester City host Manchester United in Top Four showdown

The Foxes have had a turbulent restart, with a dip in form coinciding with them losing their cushion in the top 4.

The same cannot be said for Manchester United however, who have been in brilliant form – with their only defeat in the last 20 games in all competitions coming in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea.

That momentum has seen United break in to the top 4 for the first time since September – but they will only stay there if they avoid defeat to Leicester on Sunday.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter, with both sides knowing a draw, plus a Chelsea defeat against Wolves, will see both clubs finishing in the top 4.

Brendan Rodgers is without six first team stars however, ahead of is undoubtedly their biggest game of the season.

Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Christian Fuchs and Ben Chilwell all miss out with injury, whilst Caglar Soyuncu suspended.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has injury issues of his own, with United short on defensive options.

Eric Bailly is sidelined after a clash of heads with Harry Maguire against Chelsea.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are also missing, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah potentially coming in to start.

Luke Shaw is rated 50-50 to play, after failing to shake off an ankle knock he picked up against former club Southampton.

Leicester City v Manchester United at the King Power Stadium is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.