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Wilfred Zaha scores twice as Man United suffers 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace



Manchester United suffered a humiliating loss to Crystal Palace in a miserable start to their Premier League campaign as Andros Townsend and a Wilfried Zaha netted three goals, leading Eagles to victory at Old Trafford.

After Townsend snuck a shot into the far corner from Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross in the seventh minute, the hosts struggled badly but the game slipped away from them thanks to Zaha’s controversial 74th-minute penalty.

VAR TV monitor was used by referee, Martin Atkinson who decided Victor Lindelof had handled inside his own box.

But, after David de Gea saved Jordan Ayew’s spot-kick, Atkinson ordered a retake because the Spain international had moved off his line. Zaha took responsibility for the second attempt and made no mistake.

Donny van de Beek, on his debut for Man United, gave a ray of hope for a possible equalizer 10 minutes from time but Zaha struck again against his former club to secure a deserved victory for Palace.

It was the Eagles biggest ever win at Old Trafford, the first time they have beaten United away from home in successive seasons and extended Palace’s remarkable undefeated run in away games against the two Manchester clubs to five.

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