Wilfried Zaha Condemns United To
Home Defeat Against Palace
Wilfried Zaha scored two goals against his former club when Crystal Palace condemned Manchester United to a miserable start to their Premier League campaign with victory at Old Trafford.
After Andros Townsend hit a shot in the seventh minute into the far corner of a Jeffrey Schlupp cross, the hosts struggled hard, but the game slipped away thanks to a controversial Zaha penalty in the 74th minute.
Referee Martin Atkinson used the VAR TV monitor to decide that Victor Lindelof had driven inside his own box. But, after David de Gea saved Jordan Ayew’s penalty, Atkinson ordered a replay because the Spanish international had drifted off his line. Zaha took responsibility for the second try and was right.
On his debut, Donny van de Beek fell back with 10 minutes remaining, but Zaha scored again against his former club to secure a well-deserved Palace win.
It was Manchester Palace’s biggest win at Old Trafford, the first time they beat United away from home in successive seasons and it means Palace has won its first two games of a season in the top flight for the first time in its history.
The 73-year-old Palace boss Roy Hodgson is just five years younger than Sir Alex Ferguson, who watched this match from the directors’ box.
Ferguson must have been impressed with the youthful exuberance on the Palace side. Despite granting possession, they were by far the most inventive and gave central defensive pair Harry Maguire and Lindelof a steamy moment.
Lindelof was too easily shrugged off by Schlupp in preparation for Townsend’s goal and Ayew would have had a second for Palace before the break had it not been for De Gea’s brilliant save with one hand.
That it was Zaha, whose contribution was ultimately decisive, was another painful memory for United.
After ending last season with a whimper, Palace couldn’t have done better over the past two weeks and faced an intriguing encounter with Everton, who also won their first two games, at Selhurst Park next weekend.