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R. Lukaku
A. Martial
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Ander Herrera
Mata
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M. Fellaini
M. Rashford
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A. Young
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Mata
M. Rashford
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Another game, another heavy defeat for Palace, whose struggles continue to show no sign of ending any time soon. Coming to Old Trafford was always going to be tough and that proved to be the case, with the home side easily managing to leave with another well-earned victory. It's one that has moved them to the top of the table, marginally ahead of City heading into their big clash away to Chelsea this evening.
FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
90' + 2' It's all United at the moment as they patiently pass the ball around inside their own half of the pitch. It's been an incredibly comfortable afternoon for the hosts, who have had very little problems dealing with a struggling Palace side.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
88' More good play sees Martial skip down the left flank after he plays a clever one-two with Lingard. He's then clattered into as he tries to cut inside and wins United a free-kick in a promising position out wide.
A. Martial
Assist
86' Martial has done really well since coming on, as his pace has caused all sorts of problems for the Palace defenders. Once again, he was easily able to beat his marker with an excellent run into the left-hand side of the penalty area.
R. Lukaku
Goal
86' GOAL! Lukaku has finally got his goal! Another clever pass from Herrera sets up Martial inside the Palace box. The Frenchman then squares a great ball across the face of goal, teeing up Lukaku to easily convert from close range.
85' A hopeful lofted pass is fired up to the United penalty area and manages to pick out Ladapo, but the substitute is unable to tee up a team-mate after getting a head on the ball and instead knocks it down into the hands of De Gea.
83' Townsend tries to latch onto a poked pass down the right flank as Palace attempt to score their first league goal of the season, but, despite his best efforts, the winger can't make contact with the ball on the byline and it rolls behind for a goal-kick.
81' Martial almost makes it 4-0! A clever pass from Herrera penetrates the visitors' box and manages to pick out Martial, who storms forward and shoots but has his low effort deflected into the side netting at the near post.
80' It hasn't been the best of afternoons for Lukaku, who hasn't been as involved in the game as he would have liked. He charges into the Palace penalty area as he tries to latch onto a lofted pass forward, but his run is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is quickly raised.
78' Fellaini clumsily concedes a free-kick over on the right wing, gifting Palace a great opportunity to swing the ball into the box. It's Townsend who steps up and shoots, but his curling strike sails a few yards wide of the far post.
Ander Herrera
Mata
77' Ander Herrera comes on to replace Mata, who receives a standing ovation from the home fans as he makes his way off the pitch.
76' What a chance for Riedewald! The Dutchman is presented with an excellent opportunity to blast in a volley from the middle of the United penalty area, but he completely misses the ball after taking a violent swing at it.
F. Ladapo
B. Sako
74' Palace have made their third and final alteration, with Freddie Ladapo coming on to replace Sako.
73' Lukaku brings down the ball inside the Palace box and quickly knocks the ball back to Lingard, who immediately gets a shot away from the edge of the penalty area but sends it high over the top of the crossbar.
A. Martial
M. Rashford
72' Rashford receives a rousing round of applause from the United fans as he makes way for Anthony Martial.
71' Another huge opportunity for Lukaku! The Belgian muscles his way along the edge of the Palace penalty area and does really well to get himself into a position to shoot, but he somehow side-foots his strike inches wide of the far post. He really should have buried that!
69' Palace push forward once again, with Ward doing well to pick out a pocket of space over on the right wing. He then swings a cross right onto the head of Sako, who manages to reach the ball but sends a looping header comfortably over the top of the crossbar.
J. Riedewald
J. Puncheon
68' And the second is Jairo Riedewald, with Puncheon making way.
J. McArthur
J. Schlupp
68' Palace have made a double change as they try to find a way back into the game. The first player to come on is James McArthur, who takes the place of Schlupp.
67' It just isn't working for Palace inside the final third of the pitch, where they're currently seeing plenty of the ball but are struggling to do much with it. They're unable to find a way through the sea of red shirts in front of them and Cabaye eventually shoots, but the Frenchman's shot is wild and sails well wide of the goal.
J. Lingard
H. Mkhitaryan
66' United have made their first substitution of the game, with Mkhitaryan making way for Jesse Lingard.
64' United are initially given something to worry about after Rashford goes down over on the left flank at the end of another determined attack for the home side. The youngster stays down for quite a while, but he's eventually able to get back to his feet and hobble over the side of the pitch to receive further treatment.
62' Vital touch by Damian Delaney! Lukaku rushes into the Palace box and does well to latch onto a clever pass forward. He then tries to quickly set up Rashford to his left, but Delaney sticks out a foot to brilliantly cut out the danger.
60' Palace try to find some joy in advanced areas once again before Sako eventually fires a cross into the United box. It's poorly hit by the Malian, who can't pick out a team-mate inside the penalty area and instead sends the ball flying behind for a goal-kick.
58' Young is left all alone over on the left-hand side of the Palace box, allowing him to pick up the ball from a corner without a single black shirt around him. He then quickly unleashes a thumping low strike, but Hennessey does well to save the effort at the near post.
56' Chance for Schlupp! Palace come back once again as they try to find a way back into the game. A curling cross from Sako sails into heart of the United penalty area and finds Schlupp, who can get a head on the ball but sends it bouncing away from goal.
54' Palace work the ball around nicely before Schlupp eventually fires in a cross from over on the left flank. It's poorly hit by the Ghanaian, however, and he's unable to tee up Sako in front of goal.
52' Big chance for Lukaku! A wonderful pass from Mkhitaryan splits the Palace back line in two and finds Lukaku inside the penalty area. The Belgian does well to reach the ball, but his first touch is poor and denies him the opportunity to get a shot away.
50' Palace quickly push forward from the restart, with Schlupp darting towards the United penalty area on a marauding run. He eventually penetrates the box and goes down under a challenge, but the referee isn't at all interested in his pleas for a penalty and waves play on.
M. Rashford
Assist
49' That was an excellent cross from Rashford, who perfectly picked out Fellaini, but once again the Palace defenders were all over the place and didn't do enough to deal with the big Belgian. He stood still and let the ball come straight to him.
M. Fellaini
Goal
49' GOAL! It's another for Fellaini! Young beats one player before taking on Luka Milivojevic, who clumsily fouls the left-back and gives away a free-kick in a very dangerous position. Rashford steps up and curls a brilliant cross into the middle of the box, where Fellaini is easily able to nod the ball into the back of the net from close range under very little pressure.
47' Vital block by Ward! A bouncing cross from Mkhitaryan misses Mata but picks out Rashford in all sorts of space. The youngster quickly unleashes a rocket of a shot, but it's brilliantly charged down by Ward before it can test Hennessey.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been a relatively comfortable afternoon so far for United, who have caused Palace all sorts of problems every time they push forward. As has been the case in most games this season, the visitors have looked all over the place at the back, with Ward and Van Aanholt particularly struggling out wide. At the other end, Sako has barely had a sniff on goal, meaning that the Eagles are only 45 minutes away from going yet another Premier League game without scoring.
HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
45' + 1' Palace try to push forward on one final attacking move with a hopeful blast up the pitch, but the danger is easily dealt with by Phil Jones, who is easily able to knock the ball back to De Gea to clear.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
44' And now Mkhitaryan goes close! Another dangerous cross causes all sorts of problems for the Palace back line as it sails over to Mkhitaryan, who quickly unleashes a rocket of a volley that sails a yard or two over the top of the crossbar.
43' Rashford hits the post! United are all over Palace as they try to find a third goal before half-time. Lukaku can't send his attempted header on target but knocks it over to Rashford, who quickly shoots and smashes the woodwork with his low effort.
41' Smalling almost makes it 3-0! A great cross is fired in from a corner by Mata and perfectly picks out Smalling at the far post, but the defender can't quite hit the back of the net and sends his downward header just wide of the near post.
39' Young spots a clever run forward from Rashford and tries to pick out the youngster with a quick pass down the left flank, but it can't quite pick out the forward and bounces out for a throw-in.
37' Mkhitaryan bursts down the left wing as United embark on another impressive attacking move. He then works the ball over to Lukaku, who tries to quickly tee up Mata, but the Belgian's pass is hit slightly behind the Spaniard and fails to pick him out on the edge of the box.
A. Young
Assist
35' That really was an excellent cross from Young. United have been finding so much joy every time they break down the left flank, with Ward really struggling to deal with them.
M. Fellaini
Goal
35' GOAL! United have doubled their lead! Young cuts onto his right foot deep down the left wing and curls a beautiful cross over to the far post. It beats every player in a black shirt before picking out Fellaini, who is easily able to side-foot the ball into the back of the net with a close-range volley.
33' Chance for Sako! The striker darts into the left-hand side of the United penalty area on a clever run and does well to get a shot away, but De Gea is there at the near post to comfortably save the Malian's effort.
31' Palace are playing some decent football when they're presented with the chance to do so, and they're starting to put the United back line under pressure. Once again, they're able to win themselves a corner over on the left flank, but this time it's Fellaini who's there to clear the danger.
29' Sako does well to put Smalling under pressure deep down the left wing, resulting in another corner for Palace. Cabaye's cross in is a good one, but Smalling is there to rise high above the sea of black shirts around him before clearing the danger with a strong header.
28' Mata steps up and curls a looping cross into the heart of the penalty area from the set-piece, but Hennessey is easily able to collect the ball before anyone in a red shirt can get near to it.
27' Lukaku drifts out to the right flank and picks up the ball in a pocket of space near the corner flag. He then tries to swing in a quick cross, and it's one that results in a free-kick in a promising position after striking the arm of Puncheon just outside of the Palace box.
25' The first corner quickly results in a second, and it's well dealt with by the United defence. Andros Townsend tries to curl in a cross from over on the left flank, but it's slightly underhit and, once again, the hosts are equal to it.
24' A sloppy pass from Matic can only find a black shirt, and Palace counter-attack quickly. Sako charges towards the United penalty area before teeing up Yohan Cabaye, who tries to get a shot away but, under pressure from Chris Smalling, has to settle for a corner instead.
22' Mkhitaryan does well to carve out a pocket of space for himself over on the right flank before fizzing a low cross into the visitors' box. It looks set to find Lukaku, but the ball is fired just behind the Belgian and fails to tee him up.
20' An awkward bounce almost causes problems for Sakho as Lukaku once again tries to find a way through on goal, but the defender is just about able to deal with the danger, allowing Palace to momentarily hold on.
18' United keep patiently passing the ball around as they comfortably dominate possession. Mata then spins and pokes a clever through-bal into the Palace penalty area, where Lukaku runs onto it but can't quite get to the ball ahead of Hennessey.
16' Good play by Young and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sets up the Armenian to swing in a bouncing cross from deep down the left wing. It looks set to find Romelu Lukaku in front of goal, but Patrick van Aanholt is just about able to beat the striker to the ball at the vital moment.
14' Antonio Valencia is left in space over on the right flank and manages to get a shot away from 25 yards out, but it's charged down quickly and fails to trouble Hennessey. The ball then loops over to Matic, who tries to nod it into the box but can't get the better of his marker.
12' A poor attempted clearance from David de Gea can only find Jeffrey Schlupp, gifting Palace with a great opportunity to counter quickly. The Ghanaian quickly launches a lofted pass over to Sako on the right-hand side of the United penalty area, but his ball towards the striker is underhit and fails to find him.
11' Rashford cuts inside from the left wing once again at the end of an excellent United move. He then cuts the ball back to Nemanja Matic, who quickly unleashes a shot from the edge of the box that sails high over the top of the crossbar.
9' Marouane Fellaini and Mata link up well on the edge of the Palace penalty area, setting up the Spaniard to shoot. He's quickly closed down and is unable to, and Fellaini is then dispossessed by a well-timed tackle from Jason Puncheon that denies the big Belgian a chance to unleash a strike of his own.
7' Great chance for Mamadou Sakho! Ward bursts down the right flank on a marauding run before swinging a cross into the hosts' box, but he's caught by a late challenge from Ashley Young and wins his side a free-kick in a promising position. It's curled into the heart of the penalty area and finds Sakho, who rises high but can't hit the target with his looping header.
5' United patiently move the ball around deep inside the Palace half of the pitch after quickly winning back possession from the restart. They're unable to carve out a chance on goal, however, as the visitors are just about able to hold on this time.
M. Rashford
Assist
3' That was great play by Rashford out wide, but Ward really should have done a lot better to deal with the youngster. He got too tight to him and left himself horribly exposed.
Mata
Goal
3' GOAL! United have already taken the lead! Marcus Rashford twists and turns deep down the left wing before easily skipping past Joel Ward. He then cuts inside and squares the ball over to Juan Mata, who is comfortably able to beat Wayne Hennessey with his first-time, side-footed strike.
1' We're off! Palace get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has made four alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Scott Dann, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Benteke making way for Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Jason Puncheon and Sako, the latter of whom is set to make his first league start for the club since April 2016.
Jose Mourinho has decided to make just one change to the United side that started the 1-0 victory away to Southampton last weekend, with Chris Smalling coming into the starting line-up to replace Eric Bailly, who drops to the substitutes’ bench.
Crystal Palace substitutes: Speroni, Riedewald, Kelly, Mutch, Ladapo, Chung-Yong Lee, Ladapo.
Crystal Palace XI (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Sakho, Delaney, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye; Townsend, Puncheon, Schlupp; Sako.
Manchester United substitutes: Romero, Darmian, Blind, Bailly, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.
Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Matic, Fellaini; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.
There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
If their dreadful start to the season wasn’t bad enough, Palace’s recent record against United makes for grim reading as well. Seven of the previous eight league meetings between the two sides have ended in victories for the Red Devils, with Palace’s last league victory coming way back in May 1991. It’s been even longer since they won here at Old Trafford, with that success occurring in December 1989.
Palace’s thrashing at the hands of City saw them set a new, and unwanted, record, as they became the first ever English side to lose their first six games of the season without scoring. With Chelsea to come after today’s tough clash, things may end up getting worse before they get better for the south London side, who are in danger of falling even further behind the rest of the pack if they aren’t victorious soon.
As for Palace, there’s been very little - if anything - for them to smile about so far. Frank de Boer’s reign in charge lasted just four league games, and despite the Dutchman making way for Roy Hodgson, the Eagles remain rooted to the foot of the table. Not only are they yet to pick up a single point but haven’t even managed to find the back of the net, a task that has become even more difficult due to the injury to Christian Benteke.
The two Manchester clubs remain the only teams yet to be beaten in the league this season, and they currently sit tied on 16 points at the top of the table. United have won five of their six Premier League games as well as both of their Champions League group stage clashes, and with Liverpool coming up next, they’ll be aiming to put three more points on the board this afternoon.
There’s plenty for Jose Mourinho to smile about his side head into what should be - on paper, at least - a relatively routine win for them. Palace have struggled terribly since the start of the season and were mercilessly thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City in their last outing, something that will no doubt have filled the Red Devils full of confidence ahead of this afternoon’s clash.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.