Report and free match highlights as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford earn Manchester United victory over Crystal Palace, despite Casemiro’s second-half red card; Jeffrey Schlupp pulls late goal back for Eagles according to Skysports.
Casemiro’s mindless red card turned a routine victory into a nail-biting finale as Man Utd held on to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Before the Brazilian was dismissed by a VAR review for putting his hands around Will Hughes’ neck, United appeared to be in cruise control and led 2-0 through an early Bruno Fernandes penalty and Marcus Rashford’s smart finish.
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But after they were reduced to 10 men and Jeffrey Schlupp’s snapshot gave Palace hope of a comeback, they crumbled and almost threw away victory in the final minutes.
Jean-Philippe Mateta and Eberiche Eze both went close to stretching Palace’s unbeaten record against United to three games, but United weathered the storm to limp over the line to a 13th consecutive home victory.
Man Utd: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Varane (7), Martinez (7), Shaw (7), Casemiro (5), Fred (6), Antony (6), Fernandes (8), Rashford (7), Weghorst (6).
Subs: Garnacho (6), Sabitzer, Maguire, Lindelof (n/a).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (5), Clyne (6), Richards (6), Guehi (7), Mitchell (6), Doucoure (6), Hughes (4), Ayew (5), Olise (7), Schlupp (7), Edouard (6).
Subs: Lokonga (6), Eze (6), Mateta Ahmada (n/a).
Player of the match: Bruno Fernandes
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Man Utd’s long winning streak at Old Trafford harks back to the era of Patrick Vieira’s playing career – and the visiting manager was as aware as anyone of the dangers posed by an in-form home side.
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With that in mind, VAR alerting Marriner to an accidental but blatant Hughes handball barely five minutes in, with Fernandes then sending Guaita the wrong way from 12 yards, was about as far as possible from the opening he wanted from his side.