We learnt three key things as Man United held on for a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, allowing the Red Devils to move up to third place in the Premier League table, courtesy of goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
Despite playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men, after Casemiro received a red card, Erik ten Hag’s team managed to hold on for a crucial win. The result marked the fourth consecutive victory for United, who have bounced back since their last-minute loss against Arsenal last month.
Bruno scored from the penalty spot after Will Hughes’ handball was spotted by the VAR. Rashford made it 2-0 in the 2nd half. Jeff Schlupp gave the visitors some hope after Casemiro’s sending off but Ten Hag’s men held on to claim another win.
To secure the win against Crystal Palace, the Man United manager made strategic substitutions – bringing on Harry Maguire, Marcel Sabitzer, and Victor Lindelof, which helped stifle the Eagles’ efforts to equalise.
1. Marcus Rashford Continues His Streak
Marcus Rashford extended his recent goal-scoring run as Man United managed to defeat Crystal Palace in a battle against ten-man at Old Trafford. The English attacker added another goal to his tally in the second half, converting a cross from Luke Shaw.
United’s intricate 14-pass move against Patrick Vieira’s men was a testament to the success of Erik ten Hag’s process. The impressive team goal showcased in the match further confirmed that his vision is coming to life at Old Trafford.
2. Casemiro Will Be Missed For The Next 3 Games
The Man United midfielder will be unavailable for the next three Premier League matches after receiving a straight red card against Palace. The loss of Casemiro will be a concern for the manager, who must now find a solution for the upcoming games against Leeds United and Leicester City. Ten Hag may consider using a centre-back in the defensive midfield position to add more solidity to the team.
Replacing the influential Casemiro will not be an easy task, but it is crucial as United and Ten Hag will want to maintain their place in the top-four. And with their current form, it is safe to say that the Red Devils can put faith in their ability to overcome this obstacle.
3. Marcel Sabitzer Makes His Debut Off The Bench
Marcel Sabitzer, recently acquired on loan from Bayern Munich, made his debut for Manchester United in this match. He was introduced as a substitute in the 81st minute, with the score 2-1 in favour of the hosts.
The Austrian midfielder received widespread praise for his tenacious performance in the midfield during the tense final minutes of the game, as Palace pushed for an equalizer. His manager, teammates, and fans alike were impressed by his showing.
He was instrumental in helping solidify the United midfield as the Eagles kept knocking on the door for an equaliser. Ten Hag spoke highly of Sabitzer’s football understanding and composure on the ball, while Shaw was impressed with Sabitzer’s quick adaptation despite only being with the club for a couple of days.
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Manchester United managed to hold on to 3 crucial points in the Premier League, as they aim to secure Champions League football for the next season. Marcus Rashford continued his impressive scoring streak, netting his 11th goal since the Qatar World Cup. Despite being down a player, the Red Devils were able to withstand the pressure and secure the win.
However, tempers flared between the two managers, Erik ten Hag and Patrick Vieira, as they both vehemently disputed the decisions made by the referee during the game. The win marks the 13th consecutive victory for Man Unitedat Old Trafford and boosts them to third place in the league, while Palace stay at 12th.
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