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Matic seals victory for Manchester United in five-goal thriller

Matic seals victory for Manchester United in five-goal thriller

Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku brought United level before Nemanja Matic sealed three points for United with a sensational strike in stoppage time.

That set the stage for Serbia midfielder Matic to score for the first time since his move from Chelsea past year with a blistering blast from the edge of the area in stoppage-time. United is still 16 points behind runaway leader Manchester City.

United manager Jose Mourinho described his team's defending for that goal as "disgraceful, childish".

"You always need that little bit of luck to win a match in the last few minutes", Mourinho said.

"It was a hard match for me because my team made so mistakes", he told Sky Sports.

"But then the players kept an unbelievable attitude".

"I can not tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television". However, their last two sorties away from their home fortress have meant they have come back empty handed and without a goal to show for their efforts, as lackadaisical as they have been, and before that they allowed Leicester to snatch a point at the King Power before more usual away day wins at Burnley and Everton.

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United paid the price for their lethargic start in the 11th minute.

Asked about the incident on Sky Sports, Mourinho responded: 'No, but it was empty.

Mourinho kept faith with Pogba, instead sending on Marcus Rashford for Scott McTominay at half-time. But with just 9 Premier League games remaining, and United still to face three of the current top six in those games, they can ill afford any slip ups and will want to make it a Manchester 1-2 for sure.

With United toiling, the Eagles doubled their advantage just after the break, with Patrick van Aanholt producing a cool finish after a quickly taken free-kick.

When speaking to the BBC Mourinho publicly stated that he felt David De Gea had to do better with Van Aanholt's goal.

Mourinho was raging on the touchline, but Smalling gave United a lifeline in the 55th minute.

"It was a nice goal", said Matic.

That completely changed the momentum and even Pogba sparked into life as his curler was pushed away by Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Emotions got the better of Mourinho during a breathless second-half on and the Portuguese was seen kicking a bottle into the crowd as his side were chasing a victor.