Crystal Palace v Man United: Lukaku's brace hands Red Devils 3 points against Eagles

Crystal Palace v Man United: Lukaku's brace hands Red Devils 3 points against Eagles

- Crystal Palace v Man United: Manchester United claimed their eighth consecutive away win after beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday night

- Romelu Lukaku netted in both half before Joel Ward reduced United's lead with a diving header in the second stanza

- United captain Ashley Young netted in the closing moments to boost Man United's top-four quest

Crystal Palace v Man United was a keenly contested tie as Romelu Lukaku's brace and Ashley Young strike was all Red Devils needed to claim their eight successive away win in all competitions on Wednesday, February 27, at Selhurst Park.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have the powerful Belgian to thank for his victory against the Eagles as he powered united forward before the end of the first half with a fine finish.

Romelu Lukaku hits brace as Manchester United beat crystal Palace 3-1

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on February 27.

And it was not long before the former Everton man, showing fine form and recent improvement in his game, silenced critics by securing a second goal for the Red Devils.

Joe Ward would not allow Crystal Palace to be disgraced at Selhurst Park and fired in a diving header to restore Crystal Palace's fighting chance.

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With a number of injuries to his regular squad, Solskjaer relied upon Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Alexis Sanchez to come in for the usual trio of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

Andy Townsend was a constant threat for David De Gea and his defence as the manacling Palace forward kept creating chances and looking to find De Gea off his line.

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United carry maximum points from the midweek encounter that sees them maintain fifth place ahead of Chelsea by two points and behind Arsenal with one point at 55.

Earlier, reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Liverpool lack quality to be crowned Premier League champions in the current campaign.

According to Daily Mail citing UK Sun, Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United interim manager mid-December reportedly informed his players after Sunday’s barren draw with Liverpool at home that the Reds are not champion team.

“Ole was very blunt about Liverpool with his players and clearly believes they do not have enough to beat City to the title.

“He thinks they are very one dimensional, lacking creativity.

He certainly has faith that his team are a better outfit,” a Manchester United source was quoted as saying by The Sun. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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