Crystal Palace was beaten 2-3 at home by Manchester United as the Red Devils snatched the three points away from home. This was made possible as Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling rallied back to equalize for the visitors.
It was a game of drama and tactical significance as both coaches offered their best in the course of the contest.
United had Nemanja Matic to thank as he struck to seal the win late in the game to remind us about the famous Manchester United late comebacks (most especially with late goals) under retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
With the 2-3 away win for the Red Devils we take a look at some features and match statistics from the match.
Shots on target
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The match was an end to end a contest at both ends of the pitch as United 8 recorded shots on target in the match.
Crystal Palace had 4 shots on target as United deserved by won 2-3 away from home.
This was evident as the Red Devils showed attacking superiority despite the attacking threat of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend going forward for Crystal Palace.
Shots Off Target
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Manchester United had more attempt on goal more than the host Crystal Palace in the match.
This was due to United’s attacking correlation that saw center forward Romelu Lukaku getting on the score sheet for the equalizer as United rallied back to win the match 2-3 at the closing stages of the game.
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The statistics here is the evidence that the visitors (United) dominated the game in the course of the 90 minutes.
This was made possible as United possess more quality and attacking flair in the midfield. The likes of Paul Pogba, Scott Mc Tominay and match winner Nemanja Matic ensured the 2-3 away win as they bossed proceedings from the midfield area.
3(Crystal Palace) (Manchester United) 7
The match recorded about 3+7=10 corner-kick in the 90-minute contest. This saw United cumulated 7 corner-kicks in the game.
This led to one of their goals as Chris Smalling connected from a looping cross into the box from Antonio Valencia to give the Red Devils a lifeline in the match.
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Both sides were guilty of offside calls on two occasions as they sought to find their rhythm in the match.
United got 2 calls from an offside position as they fought hard from behind to seal a 3-2 away win.
The host (Crystal Palace) did the same at some point in the 90 minute as they attempted to salvage themselves in the contest.
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The match produced a lot of physical challenge as both sides fought for the ball in the 90 minutes.
Manchester United committed 8 fouls in the match while the host cumulated 10 fouls in the contest.
This was due to United’s dominance in the clash as Crystal Palace attempted to sift the ball out of the Red Devils.
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Manchester United despite their possession ratio of 69% to Crystal Palace’s 31% got booked on three (3) occasions on Monday Night football (fixture).
The host was booked once despite committing more fouls than the Red Devils in the game.
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This shows how tough the match was for both sides as United recorded 9 goal-kicks as compared to Crystal Palace 7 goal-kick towards the visitor’s goal.
This was as a result of United attacking superiority as they exerted more pressure in Palace area to force 9 goal-kicks in their area.