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Manchester United talking points after big win over Crystal Palace

01 October 2017

Unbeaten United led within three minutes when Marcus Rashford's excellent work on the left wing ended with a cut-back to Juan Mata, who steered home from 10 yards out.

The goal was born from a header near Marouane Fellaini who stood two meters in front of goal as he grabbed a pass from Rashford's free kick.

And two close-range finishes from the in-form Fellaini either side of half-time took his season tally to four before Romelu Lukaku sealed a comprehensive victory late on as United continued to impress even without the injured Paul Pogba.

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Boss Mourinho, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini all spoke to MUTV after the game and we have summarised their key points below.

Fellaini has often been a target for criticism at Manchester United, but the Belgian's effectiveness has made him a favourite of the pragmatic Mourinho.

Mourinho's claim that he could not afford to rest Lukaku until Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit and available may have come as a blow to Marcus Rashford, who harbours hopes of eventually playing through the middle for Manchester United.

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Palace's wait for a goal went on, with Andros Townsend's free-kick flying just wide in their only opportunity in the closing stages, before Anthony Martial was impressively denied by Hennessey after being played in by fellow substitute Ander Herrera. The ball is easily struck by my Lukaku. Palace overtook Burnley in 1997-98 (552 mins) in this defeat to United.

Also, no team in 129 years of the Football League had ever lost their first six league games without scoring - until Palace reached that landmark last week.

- No player has scored more goals in their first seven Premier League appearances for Man Utd than Romelu Lukaku (seven - level with Andrew Cole). The only game he's failed to score in so far this season was against Leicester, when he had a penalty saved.

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The visitors started off the game playing deep in their own half hoping to keep a tight game against the Red Devils.

This match saw Palace equal Portsmouth's Premier League record of seven straight losses from the start of 2009/10.

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Manchester United talking points after big win over Crystal Palace