Report: Marouane Fellaini devastates Palace, scoring twice in 4-0 victory

Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford, seeing the London club winless, losing all seven matches this season. Juan Mata took the lead for United, from a Marcus Rashford assist. Marouane Fellaini doubled United’s lead, Ashley Young assisting before Fellaini but United 3-0 up, Rashford with the assist. United scored a fourth with Romelu Lukaku scoring, Anthony Martial assisting this time.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes to the side which beat CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening with Phil Jones, a player he ruled out on Friday, returning to the starting XI along with Marouane Fellaini, who missed the trip to Russia with an ankle injury. This was a match Palace would be seeking to win, losing their six other league matches, but United will be looking to continue their good form this season with another Premier League victory.

After a good start from United, the deadlock was broken inside the third minute with Marcus Rashford doing well in the left corner, turning away from Joel Ward, driving the ball into the box for Juan Mata to slot the ball into the bottom corner. 1-0 to United and Palace now had a bigger task at hand.

In the seventh minute of the match, Ashley Young slid late on Ward, giving Palace a free-kick which Johan Cabaye. The Frenchman’s delivery of the ball was good, swinging it towards Sakho, who tried to get on the end of it, unable to keep his header down from around ten yards from the goal line.

Ten minutes in, United crowd were lifted with their team scoring early in the game again, also playing with a lot of confidence, as you would expect with their start to the season. Just a minute later United could have been another goal to the good with Rashford cutting inside, playing the ball to Nemanja Matic, who fired his shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

United were threatening Palace every time they had the ball, which is what they needed to do. Young and Antonio Valencia were pushing up on the flanks with Fellaini finding space in advanced areas which seemed too much for Palace. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, both returning today, did not have much to do, which is good for United, but not for when they do actually have a lot to do, as could be the case after the international break against Liverpool.

Sako doesn’t seem to be pressuring the pair as much as he and Palace should be doing, the story of their season. Andros Townsend the Jeffrey Schlupp have both been unable to do what Valencia and Young have been doing – United having 74% of the ball to this point in the match.

Palace must be thinking why they sacked a manager who was not getting the results, only to bring in one incapable of getting the said results – the guy who saw his England team beaten by Iceland. In the 25th minute, Sako had the best chance so far for Palace, threatening to shoot, but passing to Cabaye instead, nearly fouled by Smalling, the ball going out for a corner – nothing coming from it.

On the half hour mark of the match, Palace seemed to be dealing with United, keeping them at bay. The London club got some good crosses into the box, United defending them well, though. In the 32nd minute, Townsend broke a tacking, winning another corner. Cabaye then put in a good delivery, Fellaini heading the ball out of danger.

The next minute, Palace had a shot on goal, Cabaye sliding the ball through United’s defence for Sako on the left, firing his powerful shit, David De Gea palming the effort away. United overcame that attack, gaining possession, as they have had for much of the match, breaking forward in the 35th minute. United

United were now 2-0 up, gaining another goal from nothing with Young playing in a great cross into the box, Fellaini stretching his leg out, tapping the ball into the back of the net from a few yards out. It was the third goal of the season for the player United fans love to hate. Palace were now 2-0 down and needing some divine intervention to leave Old Trafford with another other than a hammering from this match.

In the 41st minute of the match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan bent in a corner with Smalling rising well, the England defender failing to score a goal which should have put United 3-0 up. In the 43rd minute, United were starting to punish Palace, United forcing a save from Wayne Hennessey. Mata crossed the ball into the box, Romelu Lukaku flicked it into Rashford at the back post, taking a touch and firing his shot but the Palace keeper saved well at the near post.

A minute later, United had another chance, Mata lifting the ball from one side of the box to the other, Mkhitaryan having the time to line up his volley, hitting the ball into the stands rather than the back of the net. A minute was added on at the end of the half, United going into the break 2-0 to the good.

No changes for either team after the break, but there was another change in the score with Fellaini scoring his second of the game, his fourth of the season after Rashford took a free-kick on the left-hand side of the box, Fellaini heading the ball into the back of the net from three yards out.

Seconds later, Palace wanted a penalty after Schlupp was taken down in the area, not given by the referee – which would have been harsh. Roy Hodgson had his head in his hands by this point, seemingly wanting the ground to swallow him up! In the 57th minute of the match, Sako got into the right corner, managed to get his cross into Schlupp who tried with a header but could not direct it to the goal.

A minute later, Mkhitaryan played a quick corner to Young, in space on the corner of the box, got a shot on goal, forcing Hennessey to pull off a save to stop United from scoring a fourth. United were in charge of this fixture, Palace needing to put in some damage limitation as if that will do them any good seemingly losing the first seven matches in the Premier League this season – they could even break Derby’s record.

In the 63rd minute, United seemed to be through on goal again with Lukaku on the ball, trying to pass into Rashford, who was inside the box. Palace managed to clear the threat with Delaney cutting the pass out, Palace gaining some ground and taking the pressure off themselves for a period of time. Rashford was down after being hit in the crown jewels as Mourinho has Jesse Lingard ready to come into the match.

United made their first substitution with Mkhitaryan being replaced by the Warrington-born Academy graduate. United, still on top of the game, were seemingly happy to see Palace on the ball, soaking up any pressure easily. In the 71st minute, United had another chance, Lingard seemingly fouled, with Lukaku missing the target. Rashford was replaced by Anthony Martial in the 72nd minute.

This is Martial’s 100th match for United, which would be great to see him score, helping United sink Palace, which they had already done by all accounts. Palace had a bit of a break, getting forward and creating a chance, just not getting anything from it. They still had the ball in United’s half, with United regaining possession and breaking forward themselves. Ander Herrera replaced Mata in the 76th minute of the match – United’s third and final substitution.

In the 81st minute of the match, United were on the attack through Martial, who went one-on-one with Hennessey, the Palace goalkeeper making the save to deny the Frenchman from scoring and seeing United take their lead up to four goals. United have scored a lot of late goals already this season, but at this stage of the match, nothing was going their way. In the 86th minute, Martial played a pass inside the box to Lukaku, who buried his shot into the back of the net – another 4-0 scoreline, so far at least.

In the 86th minute, Martial played a pass inside the box to Lukaku, who buried his shot into the back of the net – another 4-0 scoreline, so far at least. Three minutes were added on at the end of the match with United winning 4-0 and moving to the top of the Premier League. The match between Chelsea and Manchester City could change that, should City win, of course.

Goals: Juan Mata 3′, Marouane Fellaini 35′, 49′, Romelu Lukaku 86′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 3′ 49′, Ashley Young 35′, Anthony Martial 86′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Matic, Fellaini; Mata (Herrera 76′), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 66′), Rashford (Martial 72′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Blind, Darmian

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