Posted by News Express | 24 August 2019 | 592 times
It was a moment of disappointment on Saturday as Manchester United lost at home 1-2 to Crystal Palace in continuation of the new English Premier League (EPL) season.
Recall that United drew against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday after Paul Pogba missed from the spot kick in their second game of the 2019/20.
The team needed a win against Crystal Palace on Saturday to revive the confidence in the young players.
However, a late Patrick van Aanholt strike which squeezed past David De Gea was all Crystal Palace needed to seal victory.
United had most of the possession which stood at 75 percent, but they failed to utilize it allowing Jordan Ayew to put Palace ahead in the first half.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils failed to score from the spot for a second time running after Marcus Rashford saw his effort hit the post to go straight to safety.
Nevertheless, James, the Welsh winger bestowed a short lived hope on the United fans when he curled home a stunning finish into the top corner to level the scores in the 89th minute.
But then it was Crystal Palace who went home with all three points when Manchester United defence slacked at the dying minutes of the encounter.
Aanholt picked a loosed ball, curled a powerful strike to the left post which ultimately escaped United’s goalkeeper, De Gea.
Manchester United will face Southampton, while Crystal Palace tackle Aston Villa in their next game on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Earlier in the afternoon, Frank Lampard celebrated his first victory as Chelsea manager with Tammy Abraham’s double, inspiring their 3-2 win over Norwich City in a pulsating Premier League encounter at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Abraham struck on the half-volley in the third minute and, after a see-saw contest in which Norwich twice fought back from a goal down, he proved the match-winner with another superb strike in the 68th minute.
Teemu Pukki continued his dazzling start to the season by netting a league-leading fifth goal for the Canaries.
However, it was to prove in vain as the victory provided much-needed relief for Lampard, one of Chelsea’s greatest players.
Lampard finally got off the mark at the fourth attempt after a loss at Manchester United, defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup and a draw with Leicester City.
Chelsea took the lead early when an overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta drifted a perfect cross from the right to the feet of the unmarked Abraham, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Norwich struck back quickly, with Emiliano Buendia finding Pukki, who squared from near the left post for 21-year-old midfielder Todd Cantwell to score from close range.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made it 2-1 with a fine 17th-minute goal.
But 13 minutes later, Buendia’s fine through ball put in the prolific Finn Pukki, who beat Kepa Arrizabalaga from a tight angle despite the Chelsea keeper getting a hand to the ball.
Chelsea looked more assured after the break and their pressure told.
Mateo Kovacic found Abraham, who rounded two Norwich defenders before firing home the winner from outside the box.
•Based on reports by NAN and Reuters.
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