Late Matic stunner highlights Manchester United's comeback win


Chris Smalling scored the first United goal of the game before Lukaku equalized the scores with only 14 minutes to the final whistle. A win would have pushed them up to 13th in the tight relegation battle.

"You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes".

"In the second half we were all expecting a direct comeback, and then we concede a goal that is a good goal to show the kids in the academies in the country".

And it was there to see again, this time with Rashford an active participant, against Roy Hodsgon's men, as Mourinho did what supporters have been desperately crying out for by simply going for it.

With Liverpool hot on their tails, United had to win this game to regain their position in the premier league.

"I hope you were not the man of the match", Mourinho could be heard saying off-screen.

United's initial sluggishness suggested they were distracted by the prospect of Saturday's fixture with rivals Liverpool, but they fought back convincingly, extending Palace's winless run to six and denying them a win that would have taken them from 18th to 13th in the Premier League.

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"It was a phenomenal goal to get us two extra points but we still needed a remarkable save from David De Gea to keep out Christian Benteke's header".

They trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points, but Mourinho is more concerned with securing the top four finish that guarantees qualification for next season's Champions League.

Nemanja Matic's first goal for United turned out to be a special one, as he collected a loose ball about 25 meters out and sent a dipping shot into the corner.

It lifts United back into second place, and ideal timing because third-place Liverpool is next on Saturday morning.

That had looked highly unlikely during a poor first 45 minutes and Pogba's display drew the ire of former United defender Neville. "If we had drawn the game I don't think anyone - Jose included - would have said it was a scandal".

United are way off being the best around, but they're not in a bad place.

Matic then saw an effort cleared off the line by Benteke before, in the 76th minute, his fellow Belgian Lukaku found the vital equalising goal.