Mourinho hails 'amazing, important' Man Utd victory at Crystal Palace

Mourinho hails 'amazing, important' Man Utd victory at Crystal Palace

Gary Lineker lavished praise on Nemanja Matic after the summer signing's sensational victor in Manchester United's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "For Zlatan, we all think it's his last season at Manchester United". A goal down against Chelsea, they came back to win 2-1.

For the first 48 minutes, United were bad.

United will take on Liverpool at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Although there was more than a hint of fortune about it, United found themselves trailing after just 11 minutes, as Townsend's strike from the edge of the area was deflected in.

"David De Gea had to do better with the second goal".

But despite playing poorly for long periods, United fought back.

Jose Mourinho opted for a change at the start of the second half, with Marcus Rashford replacing Scott McTominay. Alexis Sanchez has struggled to fit in with his new team, scoring only once since joining the club.

Van Aanholt doubled his side's lead in the third minute of the second half when a free-kick was quickly played to his path.

They hit back just two minutes later as Smalling picked out the bottom-right corner of the net with a header across Hennessey from Antonio Valencia's clipped cross to the back post.

They face Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 second leg on March 13, having drawn 0-0 in Spain, and host Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals four days later.

The goal was Lukaku's 14th EPL goal this season and his 23rd in all competitions for Manchester United this season. We showed character after going 2-0 down and they had the crowd behind them.

But despite the euphoria of victory, there are plenty of problems for Mourinho to address. I couldn't have predicted that, and the players have made big strides forward in becoming a better team and harder to beat.

Crystal Palace are in action this week as the South London side battle to avoid relegation.

Roy Hodgson's team was in the end unlucky to stay without anything from this match. They did not surrender and clawed their way back into the game. It is a run-in that offers the opportunity to pick up enough points to reach the magical 40. If United had turned in that first half performance against Chelsea, they'd have lost comfortably; if they do so against Liverpool, they'll get eaten alive.

"You always know the quality they [Man United] possess and the strength and depth they have - they can cause problems".



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