Manchester United boss Mourinho: Crystal Palace deserve huge credit

By Richard Cawley

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Crystal Palace after his side emerged 3-2 winners at Selhurst Park tonight.

The Eagles looked as if they were set to climb out of the Premier League bottom three as Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt put them 2-0 ahead.

But the visitors hit back to level up the contest through Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku before Nemanja Matic unleashed a superb volley to dish out injury-time heartache to the South Londoners.

“Roy was aggressive, clever and went direct,” said Mourinho. “They were always dangerous, even in the moments when we looked in control. David [de Gea] had to make a phenomenal save on [Christian] Benteke. Congratulations also to them.

“It’s very hard for them to lose, to not even take a single point, because they gave absolutely everything.

“We were a little bit lucky. A fantastic comeback – big mistakes.

“The first goal is bad goal. We started bad once more – not pressing the ball and giving the opponent too much space.

“In the second-half, when everyone expected the comeback, we conceded. It is a good goal to show in academies around the country – that a top team and top players do concede silly goals. But then the attacking was fantastic – the intensity, quality and the risk. You also need that little bit of luck to win in the last minute.”

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