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Eagles run out convincing 3-1 winners at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Premier League season got off to a dreadful start as Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club to hand Crystal Palace a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

The Eagles have now won their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time and on their last two visits to United.

On the second weekend of the new campaign, United were playing for the first time after being given an extra week of rest due to their involvement in the latter stages of last season's Europa League.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's lethargic side were well below their best and Palace took full advantage thanks to Andros Townsend's seventh minute strike, followed by Zaha's late brace against his former club.

Townsend said: "We knew Manchester United didn’t play last week and that we had the mental advantage.

"If anything we could have won it by more than three goals. We had some chances and have added some quality since last season. It could have been a more handsome result but we will take that all day."

While on Zaha, Townsend added: "Incredible. What else can I say? He's an incredible talent, he's shown that in the six or seven years he has been here and we're very fortunate to have him in our ranks. Hopefully we can have him for a while longer yet."

Solskjaer said: "You can see we are short and they deserved the points.

"Today was a performance you don't see very often from this group. We should look at ourselves in the mirror. Everyone knows we can perform better than this."

Updated: September 19, 2020 11:49 PM

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