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Man Utd pay the penalty in shock defeat by Crystal Palace

Published : Monday, 26 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 37

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (top) wins a header from Crystal Palace's German midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp (C) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 24, 2019. 	photo: AFP

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (top) wins a header from Crystal Palace's German midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp (C) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 24, 2019. photo: AFP

MANCHESTER, AUG 25: Patrick van Aanholt scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Crystal Palace ended Manchester United's unbeaten start to the season and burst the bubble of optimism that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been trying to create with a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.
It was a horror moment for United goalkeeper David de Gea as he allowed van Aanholt's powerful shot to slip through his grasp and creep into the net to secure Palace's first league win over United for 23 matches and their first at Old Trafford since December 1989.
The Dutchman's goal came after it looked like Daniel James had rescued a point with an 89th-minute equaliser and saved the blushes of Marcus Rashford, who missed a penalty as United suffered more problems from 12 yards.
The last few days had been dominated by the fallout of Paul Pogba's failure against Wolves on Monday and whether he should have stepped up instead of Rashford, who had scored from the spot against Chelsea on the opening day.
Five days after Pogba's miss cost United two points in the 1-1 draw at Molineux, the Frenchman stayed well away, leaving Rashford to take the responsibility but he missed a penalty for the first time in his career as the ball came back off the inside of the post.
In a match they were expected to win comfortably against a Palace side that had not scored in their opening two games of the season, United had begun brightly.
The opening goal seemed sure to come from James when the ball ricocheted invitingly to him ten yards out, only for van Aanholt to make a goal-saving block as he diverted it past the post.
It had been one-way traffic, so there was a real sense of shock as Palace took the lead with their first shot of the game.
Jeffrey Schlupp beat Victor Lindelof in the air to a long clearance from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and Jordan Ayew raced clean through and slotted his finish past De Gea to equal his tally of Premier League goals from last season.    -AFP







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