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Matic unleashes in ManU comeback

Published:Monday | March 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) competes for the ball with Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly during the English Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park yesterday. United won 3-2.

LONDON (AP):

Nemanja Matic scored a stunning long-range goal in injury time as Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in a wild English Premier League game and reclaim second-place yesterday.

The midfielder's first goal for United turned out to be a special one, as he collected a loose ball about 25 metres out and sent a dipping shot into the corner.

Chris Smalling launched the fightback with a header in the 55th minute and Romelu Lukaku equalised in the 76th at Selhurst Park.

The win lifted United back above Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification - five days before the fierce rivals meet at Old Trafford. United are still 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

United were dreadful in the first half and conceded the opening goal when Andros Townsend's shot from the edge of the area spun into the top corner off the back of United defender Victor Lindelof in the 11th. United's players switched off for Palace's second goal in the 48th, Jeffrey Schlupp taking a quick free kick and Patrick van Aanholt running through before applying the finish.