Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United: Young, De Gea star in Red Devils win

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Ashley Young was largely responsible for both goals and David De Gea prevented several himself as Manchester United picked up all three points in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on NBCSN this Saturday.

Juan Mata scored a PK and Marouane Fellaini finished a header for United, which stays fourth with the win, two points back of Arsenal and Manchester City, and seven ahead of Liverpool.

Jason Puncheon scored for Palace, which remains 12th with 42 points.

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United earned a PK when Scott Dann ducked his arm to block Ashley Young’s cross in the 18th minute. It was a no doubter, even though Dann claimed the ball struck his chest. Juan Mata, cool as ever, converted the chance past Julian Speroni.

Thre wasn’t much else to the first half until a scary incident with Luke Shaw. The young back took an elbow to the face and had trainers hold his head stable before being stretchered off the pitch.

Wayne Rooney subbed off at halftime after picking up a knock. Radamel Falcao replaced the English captain.

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Mata struggled defensively. He had a bad early giveaway, and should’ve been called for a penalty after taking down Jason Puncheon in the box. The only thing that may’ve saved him is Puncheon unnecessarily throwing his hands in the air.

source: Getty ImagesPuncheon got a little bit of good fortune moments later, when his free kick took a slight turn off the top of the Manchester United wall to soar past David De Gea. It was 1-1 in the 57th. Daley Blind was shielding his eyes from the sun and failed to duck away from the kick, which hit his head.

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Murray should’ve made it 2-1 to the home side in the 71st minute, but there are a lot of “should’ves” to go around when De Gea is between the sticks. United’s keeper got his right paw on Murray’s attempt to keep it knotted at 1.

Young was quite lively for the Red Devils, and pulled off some scintillating 1v1 moves in addition to pushing some fine chances on goal.

Then Fellaini restored United’s lead when he rose to head home a brilliant Young cross in the 78th minute.

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Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak (Lee Chung-yong, 84′), Ledley (Puncheon, 46′), McArthur; Zaha (Chamakh, 85′), Bolasie; Murray.

Goal: Puncheon (57′)

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling (McNar, 84′), Shaw (Evans, 39′), Blind, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney (Falcao, 46′).

Goal: Mata (PK, 20′), Fellaini (78′)

Barnes thumper sees Leicester City past Sheffield United

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Jamie Vardy and Oli McBurnie cancelled each other out, but young Harvey Barnes produced a moment of brilliance to see Leicester City through for their first win of the young season.

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Barnes’ second career Premier League goal was an absolute stunner, coming just six minutes after he entered the fray off the bench. The 21-year-old unleashed a rifling volley that saw the Foxes through, with Kasper Schmeichel and the Leicester City defense preserving the lead over the final half-hour.

Another youngster, Hamza Choudhury, covered himself in glory across the 90 minutes in a defensive midfield position, covering the back four well and keeping Leicester City comfortable in defense as Sheffield United looked for an equalizer down the stretch.


Three things we learned:

  1. Poor touches in midfield can be dangerous. Chris Basham will be kicking himself for a cheap giveaway right on the halfway line that directly lead to Vardy’s opener. It came out of nothing more than slight pressure from behind, and put the Foxes in with Sheffield United’s back line pressing higher on the ball. Midfielders have to be better, especially if Sheffield United has any long-term prospects of staying in the Premier League next season.
  2. Boy can Leicester City run a scything counter-attack. The goal came on a gifted counter, but they ran others that deserve plaudits as well, including one just after halftime that saw Vardy combine well with James Maddison and new boy Ayoze Perez, with the latter ending up with just too tight an angle to finish from. Do not give the Foxes any opportunities to break, because it will not end well for you.
  3. Leicester City continues to be the sum of its parts. Some teams repeatedly struggle to implement quality brought in via the transfer window, but the Foxes have been one of the best and adding talent that truly improves the club as a whole. James Maddison is a brilliant addition, Ayoze Perez is contributing up front, and Harvey Barnes – brought in from West Brom last winter – is making his presence known. 21-year-old Choudhury, a recent youth team promotion, also performed fabulously at the back to preserve the victory.

Man of the Match: Hamza Choudhury.


The first 20 minutes of the match were incredibly sloppy, with Leicester City holding the majority of possession but doing very little with the ball in an attacking sense and unable to put anything together going forward. The first chance of the match fell to Sheffield when George Baldock rifled a one-time volley towards the top corner a half-hour in but it had little movement and Kasper Schmeichel collected easily despite solid pace on the effort.

Leicester City went in front out of relatively nothing seven minutes from halftime as Chris Basham lost the ball in midfield leading to a vicious counter from the Foxes. James Maddison sent through a ridiculous ball forward with the outside of his boot, lofting it over the scrambling defenders to Jamie Vardy, and the England striker made no mistake with a thumping finish at the near post.

The Foxes looked more likely to score a second than Sheffield United did an equalizer, but against the run of play McBurnie bagged his first Premier League strike. Baldock came good from his earlier mistake with a fabulous delivery from extremely deep on the right flank and it found the head of the former Swansea man who buried the chance to level the scoreline.

That wouldn’t last long, however, as Barnes was on hand to collect the ball off the head of Caglar Soyuncu and rifle it one-time before it hit the ground, delivering an absolute howitzer into the top corner for a moment of brilliance that put Leicester City in front for good. Schmeichel was required to preserve the three points with 15 minutes to go, somehow parrying a close-range effort by John Lundstram he should have scored from. Sheffield pressed for an equalizer but Leicester City’s defense was up to the task, locking things down for the win.

Watch Live: Liverpool v. Arsenal

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2-0 to start the season, Liverpool and Arsenal are both bidding for their first marquee three points when they tangle at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench for Arsenal as record signing Nicolas Pepe starts for the Gunners, who have beaten Burnley and Newcastle United.

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Liverpool’s wins have come against Norwich City and Southampton, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is deploying his very best to face the Gunners.

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Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Chances and entertainment for days at Vicarage Road, where Mark Noble‘s early penalty was quickly offset by Andre Gray‘s emphatic finish of a Will Hughes through ball.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Southampton

Florin Andone has been sent off for the hosts after a gnarly challenge on Yan Valery, and further insult for Brighton came when VAR spotted a clear foul on Lewis Dunk‘s headed goal.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy may not tire of throwing parties, and James Maddison sure designs delightful invitations.

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Possession doesn’t matter much if you can’t handle a 70-yard goalkeeper pass, and Victor Lindelof‘s lost header to Jeff Schlupp allowed Jordan Ayew as much time as he needed to slot past David De Gea.

United probably should be up a man after Gary Cahill chopped down Anthony Martial, but only a yellow arrived at Old Trafford.

Lampard, Abraham react to first Chelsea win, goal

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Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.

Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).

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With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:

“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”

Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.