Fellaini Scores Brace, Manchester United Thrash Crystal Palace 4-0
MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert — A brace from Marouane Fellaini carried Manchester United to a 4-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace in the English Premier League at Old Trafford, while Romelu Lukaku also scored again.
Juan Mata fired Manchester United into the lead with just three minutes before Fellaini tapped home a cross from Ashley Young from close range to make it 2-0 in the 35th minute.
The big Belgian who continues to partner Nemanja Matic in midfield in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba, grabbed his second of the game and the third for Manchester United when he nodded home from a fierce free kick taken by Marcus Rashford in the 49th minute.
“I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team,” Man United boss Jose Mourinho told BBC’s MOTD.
Lukaku, who missed an opportunity earlier in the second half, made no mistake the second time after he finished off a cross from Anthony Martial four minutes from time.
The defeat on Saturday sees Crystal Palace equaling the English Premier League record of losing their opening 7 games of a season set by Portsmouth in 2009-10, according to Sky Sports Statto
Also winning by 4-0 on Saturday was Tottenham with inform striker Harry Kane grabbing a brace in Spurs’ comfortable victory over new boys Huddersfield Town.
Sky Sports Player Ratings
Man Utd: De Gea (6), Young (7), Jones (6), Smalling (6), Valencia (7), Fellaini (8), Matic (6), Mata (7), Rashford (8), Mkhitaryan (6), Lukaku (7)
Subs: Martial (6), Lingard (6), Herrera (6)
Crystal Palace: Hennessey (5), Ward (4), Sakho (5), Delaney (4), Van Aanholt (4), Milivojevic (4), Cabaye (5), Schlupp (4), Townsend (4), Puncheon (4), Sako (5)
Subs: McArthur (5), Ladapo (5), Riedewald (5)
Man of the match: Marouane Fellaini