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Matic stunner completes United comeback in 3-2 win at Palace

Matic stunner completes United comeback in 3-2 win at Palace

When Townsend struck the opening goal it was the first time Palace had led United in the Premier League and the home fans could hardly believe their eyes when their Dutch worldwide Van Aanholt beat De Gea at his near post with a rasping drive.

Romelu Lukaku equalised with 14 minutes remaining, setting the stage for Serbia midfielder Matic to notch his first goal for United since his move from Chelsea a year ago.

And Rashford, reflecting on his side's win the morning after, noted that it was reminiscent of the days of Ferguson.

"I always believe we can win".

"We played very good quality football in the second half but we made so many defensive mistakes". In these kind of games, if we can manage to win we can compete for the title.

"I don't like my teams to lose their organisation like we did, but it was an fantastic match and a very important win for us", said the Portuguese after a stunning added-time Nemanja Matic strike snatched the points.

The fact remains Matic has been an upgrade on the previous options for Manchester United and was a key player in the vital points they picked up before Christmas, winning 13 of their first 18 matches.

They are still 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and only two in front of arch-rivals Liverpool, but a runner-up finish and Champions League qualification remains in their hands.

The Eagles were ahead four minutes later when Christian Benteke held the ball up well and teed up Townsend for a shot which took a chunky deflection off Victor Lindelof on its way past David de Gea.

United have not been too impressive in recent weeks and Liverpool have a real chance to give them a beating this weekend, but Klopp needs to make sure he gives himself the best chance possible going into the game at Old Trafford.

"I've never seen a Jose Mourinho team as inefficient as this", he said.

That had looked highly unlikely during a poor first 45 minutes and Pogba's display drew the ire of former United defender Neville. Thanks to De Gea, yet again, for keeping United into the game, saving a thumping header from the Belgian striker.

"No, I was not", Matic replied. "If we had drawn the game - I don't think anyone, Jose included - would have said it was a scandal", he said.


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