In a thrilling encounter at Old Trafford, Crystal Palace emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Manchester United. Joachim Andersen’s first-half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, as United failed to find a vital breakthrough despite their relentless efforts.
The match kicked off with both teams showing intent, but it was Palace who drew first blood. United’s defense momentarily switched off, allowing Eberechi Eze’s set-piece to find Andersen at the back post. The defender made no mistake, rifling home a right-footed effort past Andre Onana, giving Palace the lead.
United fought back valiantly, with Rasmus Hojlund coming close to scoring, only to be denied by Tyrick Mitchell’s goal-line clearance. Despite several attempts from United, including shots from Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro, they were unable to breach Palace’s resilient defense.
Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was tested multiple times, making crucial saves to deny Fernandes’s long-range piledriver and Hojlund’s header. United’s appeals for a handball against Palace captain Joel Ward were waved away after a VAR review, adding to their frustration.
As the game approached its final moments, United continued to press forward. Substitute Alejandro Garnacho’s dangerous cross caused chaos in Palace’s defense, but they held firm, clearing the ball to secure the three points.
With this victory, Crystal Palace avenged their midweek defeat in the Carabao Cup and handed Manchester United their fourth league defeat of the season. Roy Hodgson’s side showcased resilience and determination, leaving Old Trafford with a well-deserved win.
Despite the disappointment, United’s manager Erik ten Hag praised his team’s efforts but acknowledged the need for improvement in converting chances into goals. The result leaves both teams with plenty to ponder as the Premier League season progresses, setting the stage for more thrilling encounters in the weeks to come. Read More