MAROUANE Fellaini scored twice as Manchester United maintained their blistering begin to the season with a Four-Zero thrashing of lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Juan Mata, making his 200th Premier League look, gave United the lead after simply three minutes, with Fellaini’s targets adopted by a late faucet in for Romelu Lukaku, who scored for the 11th time in 10 video games.
Watched from the stand by their former midfielder David Beckham, Jose Mourinho’s aspect stored the strain on title rivals Manchester City, who have been on account of play at Chelsea in Saturday’s late recreation.
Palace, in the meantime, stay with no level or a aim within the league this season, and barely appeared like ending both sequence in opposition to opponents who’ve now scored 31 instances in a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Palace are actually the primary English crew within the prime six flights to not rating a aim and lose all seven of their opening league fixtures.
Mourinho made 5 adjustments to a crew that had solely arrived residence from Russia within the early hours of Thursday morning following their midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.
There was little signal of early sluggishness, although, as they scored within the third minute from their first assault thanks to 2 gamers unnoticed of the beginning line-up on Wednesday.
Marcus Rashford confirmed intelligent footwork to deceive Palace full-back Joel Ward down the left, then pulled the ball again for the unmarked Mata to comb in from 12 yards.
That was an enormous setback for a Palace crew who had been overwhelmed on every of their earlier 10 league visits to Old Trafford, since a 2-1 victory in December 1989.
They had misplaced striker Christian Benteke earlier than the sport with a knee damage that’s anticipated to maintain him out for six weeks, however regardless of going behind so early, they began to trigger extra of a menace.
Centre-back Mamadou Sakho headed over from a free-kick performed in from the fitting by Yohan Cabaye after Ashley Young had introduced down Ward close to the nook flag, and United needed to defend a collection of corners after that.
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Bakary Sako, the winger pushed into service as a striker to exchange Benteke, nearly equalised as he ran in from the left on to Andros Townsend’s diagonal via ball, however goalkeeper David De Gea beat away the drive at his close to submit.
United, although, rode out the strain and added a second aim 10 minutes earlier than half-time, with Young crossing from the left for Fellaini to volley in from shut vary on the far submit.
Chris Smalling nearly added a 3rd, heading simply large from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s nook, earlier than Rashford’s shot was blocked on the close to submit by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
United’s third aim arrived within the fourth minute of the second half, shortly after Rashford had been denied by a Ward block.
Rashford was concerned within the aim and appeared initially as if he would possibly attempt to declare it as his free-kick, whipped in from the left, flew in on the far submit.
But tv replays confirmed past doubt that Fellaini had flicked the ball together with his brow contained in the six-yard field, and the Belgium midfielder claimed his second of the match.
The match misplaced most of its momentum after that, with Sako volleying over a half-chance for Palace, earlier than Lukaku steered large on the different finish when he appeared sure to attain.
As United sought a fourth, Hennessey superior from his line and unfold himself to dam Anthony Martial because the substitute bumped into the penalty space on to Mkhitaryan’s move.
The fourth aim arrived within the ultimate minutes, with Martial attacking down the left and crossing low for Lukaku to attain from shut in.