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Former Chelsea Star Chris Sutton Applauds Palace's Resilience in Win Over United

I would have started this piece with the phrase 'in a surprising turn of events at Old Trafford" but that wouldn't be right, would it? Surprise? No, It wasn't a surprise that Crystal Palace left Manchester United reeling with a resilient performance, handing them their second consecutive defeat of the 2023-24 season.

This encounter followed closely on the heels of Erik ten Hag's Red Devils securing a comfortable 3-0 win against Palace in the Carabao Cup just five days prior.

Joachim Andersen emerged as the hero for Roy Hogson's Eagles, netting a spectacular goal in the first half that ultimately secured an impressive away victory. Despite United's relentless pressure, the Palace defence, led by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, stood firm, making crucial saves to protect their lead.

For Erik ten Hag's side, this loss marked their fourth defeat in seven Premier League games, making it their worst start to a league season in 34 years. Reflecting on the match, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton commended Crystal Palace's deserving win, emphasising their ability to defend resolutely when ahead. Sutton highlighted Andersen's fantastic strike and the solid defensive display.

Sutton further remarked on Manchester United's struggles in creating scoring opportunities, with goalkeeper Johnstone being called into action for only routine saves. He noted that aside from a few good clearances from Palace defenders, United found it challenging to break through the resilient Palace backline, leading to a worrisome afternoon for Erik ten Hag and his team.

“Crystal Palace more than deserved their win,” Sutton told BBC Radio Five live. “We know that if they get their noses in front they are a very, very difficult side to break down. A fantastic strike from Andersen and a fantastic defensive display.

“On the other hand Manchester United only forced Sam Johnstone into a few routine saves, there were a few good clearances from Palace defenders but aside from that they struggled to create. “A worrying afternoon for Erik ten Hag,” Sutton concluded.

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