Manchester United’s rot in form in the league continued Saturday afternoon as they suffered a second successive defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
Joachim Andersen’s superb strike was the difference with Palace claiming an impressive victory at Old Trafford.
Despite resting a number of first-team players for that game, Roy Hodgson’s side were a different proposition as they produced the perfect away performance.
After Tyrick Mitchell cleared Rasmus Hojlund’s effort off the line, Palace took the lead when Andersen superbly drove a first-time effort into the top corner after a free-kick.
Manchester United piled on the pressure after that but struggled to find a way through the Palace defence. When they did they found goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in superb form.
Johnstone made two crucial saves in the second half to preserve Palace’s lead, first pushing over Bruno Fernandes’ dipping effort before keeping out Hojlund’s bullet header.
The Palace goal continued to live a charmed life but Manchester United could not find a way through as the visitors secured a win that moved them above their opponents to ninth, with the hosts dropping to 10th.
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