Manchester United continued their unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 away from home in Premier League’s midweek fixture.
Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a late strike from Ashley Young was all the red devils needed to return home with three points in the bag from London.
United’s first goal came in the 33rd minute after a well worked ball from Luke Shaw. The left back beat four Palace men to set up Lukaku who did well to curl a shot past Guaita in goal.
Palace had the chance to equalize in the first half through Schlupp, but his header didn’t come with enough pressure to cause real damage to United.
Second half saw Manchester United consolidate on their lead as Lukaku grabbed his second of the night. Palace failed to clear a corner kick properly and it landed on Lindelof who did well to set up Lukaku. The big striker looped the ball past Guaita. United were two goals to the good.
United’s defence had a horror moment in the 66th minute which lead to Crystal palace grabbing a goal back in the goal through a Joel Ward diving header. He was set up perfectly by Jeffery Schlupp after United failed to clear their lines well.
Roy Hodgson’s men seemed to have gotten a lifeline back into the game, but it was United who ended up getting the next goal and securing all the points the match had to offer.
A superb interchange between Paul Pogba and Lukaku to set up Ashley Young saw the English man put a sword through Palace defense by assuring United a win with a neat strike.
Soljskjaer has managed to toe a line no United manager has ever toed by winning eight (8) consecutive away matches in the league with Manchester United. A record which wi further boost his chances of keeping the job at the end of his interim tenure.
Manchester City Keep Tabs on Liverpool.
Elsewhere, the penalty scored by Sergio Kun Aguero was just enough for Manchester City to see off another London side, West Ham, as they continue to pile the pressure on table leaders Liverpool (Who thrashed Watford 5-0 on the night).
The Match was completely dominated by Pep Guardiola’s men, as they fired 20 shots in the match, compared to West Ham’s paltry two shots.
Despite that, they needed a 59th minute penalty to secure three points against the team coached by their fomer manager, Manuel Pellegrini. The goal put Sergio Aguero on top of the goal scorers’ chart, with 18 goals. One more than Mohammed Salah, and two ahead of Aubameyang.
West Ham have now gone winless in their last 18 games against the Premier League’s big six sides.
This is what the Premier league table looks like after tonight’s round of games: