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Ayew and Van Aanholt stun United in shock win at Old Trafford

Pin Van Aanholt scored the decisive goal at Old Trafford in Crystal Palace's win. AFP
Van Aanholt scored the decisive goal at Old Trafford in Crystal Palace's win. AFP

Ayew and Van Aanholt stun United in shock win at Old Trafford

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 5,523

Goals from Jordan Ayew and Patrick Van Aanholt gave Crystal Palace a famous 1-2 Premier League win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Daniel James had levelled for the hosts in the 89th minute and Marcus Rashford missed a penalty earlier.

Crystal Palace claimed a famous victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, their first in the Premier League, after a 93rd minute Patrick Van Aanholt strike gave them a stoppage time win. David De Gea was at fault for the goal shortly after United had drawn level in the 89th minute. 

The home side were the better side for the first half an hour with Palace putting 11 men behind the ball. McTominay and Shaw had early chances for Solskjaer's men before Marcus Rashford was clean through on goal in the 10th minute after Kelly's mistake. Fortunately for him, Rashford slipped as he pulled the trigger. Rashford then hit a free-kick wide and in the 17th minute, Daniel James saw his goalbound shot deflected away by Van Aanholt

Man Utd continued to press and were in complete control of the game with around 80% possession, but Luke Shaw pulled a muscle in his leg just before the half hour. Three minutes later, Palace took a shock lead completely against the run of play. Guaita send a long punt forward, Schlupp jumped higher than Lindelof to head it towards Jordan Ayew who kept his cool from just outside the area

Shaw's substitute, Ashley Young, hit wide of the goal before United suffered another scare when Wilfried Zaha was denied by De Gea despite an offside being missed. The away side enjoyed their best spell of the game, but the half ended when Pogba's free-kick from close range went over the bar, After the interval, the home side came out fighting and normal service resumed 

Ashley Young had a cross clear before his miscued a volley wide in the 54th minute. United's pressure intensified, but the Palace defence remained firm. United should have had a spot kick in the 55th minute when Kelly pulled back Martial as he was about to shot, but it was missed by both the ref and the VAR. 

Solskjaer's men continued to put pressure on Palace with 79% possession and they had a golden opportunity to level 21 minutes from time. McTominay was brought down by Milivojevic after being played in by Martial, but Rashford's penalty struck Guaita's right hand post

The missed penalty did not deter United though. Maguire, McTominay and Pogba could have made it 1-1. They did not and they would have been 0-2 down had Palace not made a mess of a dangerous move. Marcus Rashford then claimed a penalty as the home side's frustration grew. After plenty of pressure, United finally drew level in the 89th minute. 

Zaha was dispossessed in his own half, Rashford and Martial then combined before Daniel James fired into the far corner. It was a great goal and United then went for a winner. However, Palace did as well and Zaha had one superb chance to win it. Five added minutes were shown and that was time for Palace to nick a winner. 

Zaha went into the box, Wan-Bissaka tried to dispossess him and Pàtrick Van Aanholt's picked up the loose ball. His shot was fumbled into the goal by David de Gea to put the away side back in front. That stunned the home crowd and United had next to no time to respond. 

Palace's two goals were the first two they had scored of the competition after failing to score in a 0-0 draw and last week at Sheff Utd while Man Utd failed to win for the second game in a row against a side they would have expected to beat. 

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