Brilliant Fellaini double inspires United to emphatic win against desperate Palace

Manchester United recorded their sixth win from seven in the Premier League this season with another impressive display at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Old Trafford Marouane Fellaini scored a brace as United remain unbeaten in the Premier League. Source: Martin Rickett

MANCHESTER UNITED ROSE to the head of the Premier League on Saturday, with their fourth 4-0 win in the Premier League this season coming at the expense of a hapless Crystal Palace who remain bottom of the table without a single point.

A brace from Marouane Fellaini was dotted before and after Juan Mata’s opener after just three minutes, with Romelu Lukaku adding his side’s fourth in the game’s dying stages.

The route began when Mata beat goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy from close range, with the strike setting the tone for what would be yet another miserable afternoon for Palace.

If he hadn’t before, Roy Hodgson will now realise the mammoth task ahead of him at Selhurst Park.

The club remain winless and goalless with six defeats in as many games leaving them bottom and serious candidates for relegation just one month into the season.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Martin Rickett

Following their early lead United were always in control and went into the break two goals to the good as Fellaini scored his first of the afternoon and his third of the season.

The Belgian and Marcus Rashford would strike up a devastating chemistry throughout the game and it was the England international’s cross which saw Fellaini side-foot past Hennseey to make it 2-0 heading into the break.

He then bagged his second just four minutes after the interval. Rashford provided his second assist with a blistering free-kick which the midfielder was composed to head home from close range, even if the striker had meant it as a shot of his own.

Jose Mourinho’s side created a multitude of opportunities to record their fourth late on. It finally came for a man familiar with seeing his name on the score sheet, but who had been uncharacteristically removed from their attacking ingenuity until the game’s final minutes.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Old Trafford Source: Martin Rickett

Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon with most of his contributions coming with a workmanlike performance off the ball, however a deep cross from Anthony Martial saw the Belgian slot home from three yards out — his seventh Premier League goal of the season.

Mourinho’s side have now won six in seven in the Premier League this season, while also recording their second Champions League group-stage win in as many outings following a 4-1 win away to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

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Palace, meanwhile, remain rooted bottom.

Despite a spirited reluctance not to simply sit back and accept defeat following Mata’s third minute opener, the most damning statistic of all may be that Hodgson’s side are yet to record their first goal of the season after 450 minutes of football.

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