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86-goal attacker could join Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace

86-goal attacker could join Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace

The Eagles, who are yet to score or register a point this season, saw their game plan go out of the window nearly immediately as Spanish playmaker Mata prodded home after just three minutes - United's first attack of the game.

The Belgian striker limped off during his side's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, and it was later revealed that he would be unable to recover in time for the trip to Old Trafford this weekend.

United now tops the Premier League table with a 6-0-1 record. This side is yet to have scored a goal all season and it is looking like they are heading for relegation unless they can pull something unbelievable out of the bag very soon. Thankfully on a wet afternoon at Old Trafford, Marouane made a decision to do the former.

As for Crystal Palace, they couldn't come into this game in any worse form.

After the early goal, the visiting fans feared their team would be smashed by a dominant United side but Palace responded well and actually started to grow into the game.

The 54-year-old is so confident about Palace's lack of attacking edge that he's giving himself a run out instead of De Gea, Sergio Romero or Joel Pereira.

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Romelu Lukaku equalled an impressive record held by Manchester United legend Andrew Cole with his strike against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Nemanja Matic's presence meant that Fellaini was allowed to push forward, and he was devastating when the ball was in the air.

The former West Ham player was never a prolific goal scorer in his career, as his highest tally throughout a season in the league was 10.

Crystal Palace's goal scoring woes were dealt another blow on Friday as Roy Hodgson confirmed Christian Benteke will miss at least six weeks through injury.

It took just three minutes for United to breach Palace's leaky defence when Juan Mata marked his 200th Premier League appearance with his first goal of the season, the Spanish winger finishing emphatically from Marcus Rashford's cross. The Eagles are now dangerously close to Halifax Town's all-time record of failing to score in their opening eight league games of the 1990-91 campaign. Sako was not short of energy - he just lacked that serious quality in the final third.

Indeed, the Portuguese manager will be without as many as seven first-team players ahead of the visit of Roy Hodgson's men on Saturday.


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