Man United 0 Crystal Palace 1
AFTER a brief break from his early-season troubles, Erik ten Hag found himself addressing them again after Joachim Andersen clinched a win for Palace and Manchester United’s fourth defeat in seven Premier League games this term.
Home fans booed their team off after Palace had stunned United on 25 minutes although ten Hag’s team could not say they had not been warned of the danger posed by the visitors.
Just nine minutes had gone when Casemiro, booked and sent off in his two games against Palace last season, was shown yellow for a foul on Jordan Ayew.
The initial free-kick was cleared but eventually re-worked to Andersen whose excellent cross was headed just wide by Marc Guehi.
There was no second reprieve for United, later, however, as Palace took the lead from another set-piece, well delivered by Eberechi Eze.
The ball skimmed off the heads of a Palace and United player but sat up invitingly for Andersen who lashed the ball in with an excellent right-foot finish from 12 yards.
There was a lack of tempo from United and, when keeper Sam Johnstone was finally tested, by Rasmus Hojlund touching the ball neatly beyond him, Tyrik Mitchell was on hand to clear the ball off the line.
At least there was more urgency from the home side after the restart, with Casemiro setting the tone with an ambitious overhead kick which flew just wide of the Palace goal.
Finally, on 56 minutes, Johnstone was forced into his first save of the match, flying into the top right-hand corner of his goal to keep out Bruno Fernandes’s shot from the edge of the area. United maintained the pressure, with Fernandes crossing for Hojlund, who could only steer his header directly at the keeper from six yards.Read on irishexaminer.com