No, it wasn’t a dream, Crystal Palace, the side who’d not come close to scoring in their opening two games of the Premier League season really did go to Old Trafford and beat Manchester United 2-1 on their own turf yesterday.
Roy Hodgson opted for a formation which left a fair few supporters scratching their heads prior to kick off but it didn’t take long for the gaffer’s pre-match thought process to make sense once the game got underway.
With Zaha switched out to the right flank in the first-half, we were spared the endless talk of a direct match-up with former teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka, leaving Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp to go up against the Palace academy graduate. It proved to be something of a master-stroke from Roy, with the pair’s physicality causing problems for the right-back at every turn.
Despite defending for most of the opening half, it was Ayew who gave the Eagles the lead after a long ball from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was flicked on superbly by Schlupp, giving the Ghanaian a chance in on goal against De Gea which he took with incredible poise. Slotting it low to the Spaniard’s right, it was an unlikely lead but one Palace worked hard to hold onto.
Things had looked grim for the south Londoners when Daniel James curled the Reds back onto level terms on 89 minutes but in added time, Christian Benteke’s good work to win the ball on the halfway line led to Patrick van Aanholt and Wilfried Zaha bombing on down the flank, with the former eventually smashing a shot hard and low past De Gea At his near post to secure all three points.
It was Crystal Palace’s first ever Premier League victory over Manchester United, made all the sweeter for all those years of waiting.
Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend, Palace fans!