Nemanja Matic's surprising claim after match-winning volley against Crystal Palace

Nemanja Matic's surprising claim after match-winning volley against Crystal Palace

And although he was ultimately upbeat at full-time, Mourinho was not impressed with his team's defensive focus.

Nemanja Matic was named as United's best performer on Monday night to give the Red Devils a cracker of a win at Selhurst Park. The climax was completed when Nemanja Matic leathered the ball from 30 yards to score the victor and cause euphoria within the United camp.

Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey (out of 10) 6, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6, Martin Kelly 6, James Tomkins 6, Patrick van Aanholt 7, Andros Townsend 7, Luka Milivojevic 6, James McArthur 6, Jeffrey Schlupp 7, Christian Benteke 6, Alexander Sorloth 6.

Man United manager Jose Mourinho looks on against Crystal Palace.

The Manchester United boss puts his hands on his head to apologise for his mistake
The Manchester United boss puts his hands on his head to apologise for his mistake

"I can not tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television, ' the Portuguese told the Metro".

The 3,000 United fans in the away end, many of whom had made a six hour trip south by road from Manchester, were stirred as their team finally began to play.

"But, with that disgraceful, childish, so many adjectives for the second goal everything changed".

"But you can see how close we are as a group that everyone celebrated together, and how much it means to us, because that was a huge win".

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When the went two goals down, the United players waited to kick-off again, several with their hands on their hips. "There's not been many games where we've come back".

Mourinho had at half-time introduced Marcus Rashford for Scott McTominay and adopted a more attacking shape, and after Palace went 2-0 up it began to show.

"I'm happy I've scored my first goal for Manchester United".

Two goals later and the United world had a far sunnier complexion.

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They were injury hit too, with nine players missing, yet they had United on the ropes as they went two in front.

"This season against Benfica, it was half a goal for him and half a goal for the Benfica goalkeeper [Mile Svilar]".

The three vital points took United back up to second in the Premier League.

With a two-point advantage held over their arch-rivals ahead of Saturday's clash at Old Trafford (12.30pm), Matic is relishing the challenge off the back of beating Palace.

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