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Jordan Ayew scores as Man United stunned by Crystal Palace


Crystal Palace stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford to record their first victory over the Red Devils in the Premier League era.

Jordan Ayew opened the scoring for the visitors. His superb composure to latch onto Jeffrey Schlupp’s head from Vicente Guaita’s long ball forward and the slot past David De Gea was just the clinical edge Crystal Palace were going to need in the game.

But when Daniel James popped up in the dying stages to make it 1-1 with his second goal since his summer transfer to the Red Devils, it appeared United had rescued a point.

Patrick van Aanholt did not get the memo, however, as he broke into the United half and fired past David de Gea to secure Palace an excellent three points.

Ayew put in a strong performance against Everton but was dropped as Wilfried Zaha returned to face Sheffield United. Hodgson believes his striker was right to feel aggrieved.

The Palace boss said: “I would probably describe his performances as more than decent. I think they’ve been very good. I think he was unlucky to lose his place when I wanted to play two front players against Sheffield United and I chose Wilf to partner Christian Benteke rather than him.

“I think he was very unfortunate to lose his place and I think he was entitled to say ‘you should have kept me in the team because I played so well against Everton.'”

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