Sunday, Apr 02, 2023

Premier League: Manchester United Stunned By Crystal Palace; Chelsea Win

Premier League: Manchester United Stunned By Crystal Palace; Chelsea Win

David De Gea's made a calamitous stoppage-time error as Crystal Palace claimed their first Premier League victory over Manchester United.

Crystal Palace players celebrate after scoring a goal against Manchester United during their Premier League game at Old Trafford on Saturday. AP

Manchester United slumped to their first Premier League defeat of the season as David De Gea's mistake handed Crystal Palace a 2-1 win at Old Trafford. (FOOTBALL NEWS) 

Daniel James' superb 89th-minute strike looked to have salvaged a point for United, who fell behind to Jordan Ayew's first-half effort.

Luka Milivojevic's 69th-minute foul on Scott McTominay handed United a lifeline, but Marcus Rashford - who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed is one of two designated penalty takers following Paul Pogba's miss against Wolves - struck his spot-kick against the upright.

James' sensational finish seemed to have sounded a victory charge, yet De Gea failed to make what should have been a simple near-post save from Patrick van Aanholt's 93rd-minute attempt, as Palace claimed their first league win over United since 1991.

Not long after Rashford squandered an early chance, James went close to breaking the deadlock but the winger's close-range strike was kept out on the line.

United's profligacy proved costly as Victor Lindelof lost a header to Jeffrey Schlupp and Ayew kept his cool to slot beyond De Gea.

Luke Shaw's hamstring injury compounded United's woes, and the hosts should have been further behind when De Gea denied Wilfried Zaha from point-blank range.

Anthony Martial wanted a penalty 10 minutes after the restart when he appeared to be dragged down by Martin Kelly, but Paul Tierney dismissed United's appeals.

However, there was little doubt over Milivojevic's lunge on McTominay.

Rashford stepped up but his strike flew to safety off the inside of the left-hand post.

James looked to have sparred his team-mate's blushes with a wonderful effort, only for De Gea to gift Palace the win when he parried Van Aanholt's shot straight down and over the line.


Tammy Abraham gave Frank Lampard a first Premier League win in charge of Chelsea as the striker's two goals helped to secure a 3-2 triumph at Norwich City.

The recalled striker bookended the scoring at Carrow Road, lighting the fuse for a pulsating contest with a third-minute opener and later deciding the match with his 68th-minute finish.

Todd Cantwell's response 156 seconds after Abraham's first added to a theme of defensive instability which Mason Mount and Teemu Pukki capitalised upon in a four-goal first half.

Chelsea addressed their insecurities after the break and Lampard's faith in youth was well and truly rewarded by the end as his side avoided a fourth match without victory.


Southampton 2-0 Brighton 

West Ham 3-1 Watford 

Leicester City 2-1 Sheff Utd


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