This Saturday, the team hosted Crystal Palace for the second round of the Premier League and made their debut – the first round game was postponed – with a 3-1 defeat, goals from Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, twice, for the visitors and the debutant Van de Beek decreasing for the owners of the house.
The performance of the Red Devils was well below expectations for the team, which saw Crystal Palace have the best chances and little threatened the visitors’ goal. If it weren’t for De Gea, by the way, United could have even taken more goals.
Townsend made it 1-0 for the visitors; of penalty, Zaha extended in the final stage. Van de Beek scored his first goal for the United team at 35 in the 2nd half, but Zaha (again) closed the account at 40 in the final stage. With the result, Palace reaches the second victory and takes the 2nd position, with six points. Manchester is now 16th.
PALACE STARTS ON TOP AND OPENS THE SCORE
The Crystal Palace got off to a great start and opened the scoring just after seven minutes: in quick play, Schlupp moved forward and found Townsend free at the entrance to the small area to make it 1 × 0.
ZAHA INCREASES AFTER two penalties
in the second half, United kept high possession but failed to threaten much except for wasted pitching Greenwood. At 21, Zaha had a goal overturned for Palace. Only six minutes later, however, the referee took Lindelof’s penalty by hand on the ball. Ayew hit the corner and De Gea sought.
However, the joy was short-lived: De Gea had his feet out of line during the collection and the judge ordered him back. In the new opportunity, Zaha hit (in place of Ayew) and put the ball high, with no chance for De Gea: 2 × 0.
UNITED RUNS BACK, BUT TAKES BUCKET OF COLD WATER
When everything seemed lost, United went to get a little goal: and with debutant Donny Van de Beek, at 35 in the final stage. However, there was not even time to try to apply pressure. At 40, Zaha won the ball at the edge of the area and hit low to close the scoreboard.
IN A HITCHING GAME, LEEDS DE BIELSA WINS THE FULHAM
In the duel of teams recently promoted to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds won over Fulham and won 4 × 3.
Hélder Costa opened the scoring after five minutes, but Mitrovic leveled at 34, with a penalty kick. Still in the first half, Klich scored 2 × 1 for Leeds at 41, also taking a penalty kick. In the final stage, Bamford did 3 × 1 at five and Hélder Costa extended to 12. However, Fulham did not give up and decreased to 4 × 3: first with Reid, at 17; then, with Mitrovic, at 22.