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Manchester United Beat Crystal Palace: 3 - 1 in Third Pre-season Match


Manchester United continued their excellent start to life under Erik ten Hag with 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in which their attack purred.


Anthony Martial looks a striker reborn as he notched his third goal in three pre-season games, while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were also rewarded for enterprising performances by getting on the scoresheet.


Palace, stripped of several first-team regulars, carried little threat going forward as United dominated but Joel Ward headed home a consolation.


Manchester United continue their 100 per cent start to pre-season against Crystal Palace..


Anthony Martial opened the scoring with his third goal in as many games during pre-season


Marcus Rashford tapped home the second for United just after the start of the second-half


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Young defender Will Fish was sent off for United in the closing stages but they racked up another encouraging result having knocked four past each of Liverpool and Melbourne Victory before this. 


Ten Hag stuck with much of the team that saw off Melbourne Victory 4-1 on Friday but was able to welcome back David de Gea between the posts and hand a first start to Tyrell Malacia at left-back.


It didn't take United too long to get into their stride, albeit against the strange backdrop of their own fans booing Harry Maguire's every touch in the opening minutes.


A lovely through pass by Fred sprung Martial but his shot was straight at Palace keeper Jack Butland when he might have gone for the dinked finish given the time and space he had.



Butland saved with his fingertips and was left in pain as a result, the issue forcing him off injured.


Jadon Sancho added the third for United on the hour mark as they settled the contest.


United were dominant and duly broke the deadlock through Martial after 18 minutes. It was a nice move involving both full-backs.


Malacia pinged a ball across the box to Diogo Dalot on the opposite side and his cross was controlled on the chest by Martial before a hammered low finish.



It continued the Frenchman's resurgent form under the new manager after it looked for all the world like his Old Trafford career was over.


Palace carried an intermittent threat and De Gea got down well to turn Malcolm Ebiowei's shot around his near post, before Jordan Ayew flicked a header wide at the near post.


But it was United creating most of the first-half chances, with Rashford shanking an effort wide, Martial coming within inches of converting Rashford's tempting cross and both Fred and Maguire missing the target with shots.



Joel Ward headed home from a corner to cut the deficit during the closing stages.


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