Manchester United 3-1 Crystal Palace: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho ALL score as Erik ten Hag’s men step up a gear… despite a David de Gea error and red card for Will Fish
- Man United made it three wins from three under Erik ten Hag with simple win
- Resurgent Anthony Martial continued his hot form by scoring their opener
- Marcus Rashford rounded off an excellent team move to double United’s lead
- Jadon Sancho swept home following a counter-attack to settle the contest
- Joel Ward’s header proved mere consolation for Palace despite Will Fish red
Manchester United continued their excellent start to life under Erik ten Hag with 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in which their attack purred.
Anthony Martial looks a striker reborn as he notched his third goal in three pre-season games, while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were also rewarded for enterprising performances by getting on the scoresheet.
Palace, stripped of several first-team regulars, carried little threat going forward as United dominated but Joel Ward headed home a consolation.
Manchester United continue their 100 per cent start to pre-season against Crystal Palace
Anthony Martial opened the scoring with his third goal in as many games during pre-season
Marcus Rashford tapped home the second for United just after the start of the second-half
Young defender Will Fish was sent off for United in the closing stages but they racked up another encouraging result having knocked four past each of Liverpool and Melbourne Victory before this.
Ten Hag stuck with much of the team that saw off Melbourne Victory 4-1 on Friday but was able to welcome back David de Gea between the posts and hand a first start to Tyrell Malacia at left-back.
It didn’t take United too long to get into their stride, albeit against the strange backdrop of their own fans booing Harry Maguire’s every touch in the opening minutes.
A lovely through pass by Fred sprung Martial but his shot was straight at Palace keeper Jack Butland when he might have gone for the dinked finish given the time and space he had.
Butland saved with his fingertips and was left in pain as a result, the issue forcing him off injured.
Jadon Sancho added the third for United on the hour mark as they settled the contest
Sancho looked elated to get on the scoresheet and celebrates with Rashford
United were dominant and duly broke the deadlock through Martial after 18 minutes. It was a nice move involving both full-backs.
Malacia pinged a ball across the box to Diogo Dalot on the opposite side and his cross was controlled on the chest by Martial before a hammered low finish.
It continued the Frenchman’s resurgent form under the new manager after it looked for all the world like his Old Trafford career was over.
Palace carried an intermittent threat and De Gea got down well to turn Malcolm Ebiowei’s shot around his near post, before Jordan Ayew flicked a header wide at the near post.
But it was United creating most of the first-half chances, with Rashford shanking an effort wide, Martial coming within inches of converting Rashford’s tempting cross and both Fred and Maguire missing the target with shots.
Joel Ward headed home from a corner to cut the deficit during the closing stages
Young United defender Will Fish was sent off for bringing down Viktor Akinwale
Unlike in the two pervious tour games, Ten Hag resisted making wholesale changes at the break and that meant United’s intensity continued, yielding two more goals.
Rashford capped a sublime team move with a tap-in three minutes after the break following good work in the lead-up from Martial, Donny van de Beek and Sancho as they glided through the Palace back line.
Their third arrived on the hour mark and was more reminiscent of the counter-attacking United seen in the past.
Martial slotted a pass through to Sancho, who was played onside by Ward and finished clinically after giving keeper Remi Matthews a feint.
United captain Harry Maguire saw every touch jeered during the opening stages
Erik ten Hag will be pleased with the result but will no doubt pick out areas for improvement
Both manager made a succession of changes after that and the game became disjointed. That didn’t stop Ayew getting into a shoving match with Fred after he earned a yellow card.
Palace pulled one back when Ward rose unmarked to head home a corner just seconds after De Gea had got down to save from Ademola Ola-Adabomi.
United were reduced to 10 when Fish dragged down Viktor Akinwale as the last man after his sloppy touch played United into trouble on the edge of his box.
But United weathered late pressure to notch up another win and they will look forward to more Premier League opposition in the form of Aston Villa in Perth on Saturday.
Palace are also heading to Perth, to play Leeds United on Friday, with Vieira looking for a vastly improved performance.
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