United star compares Palace comeback to Fergie era

Manchester United produced a stunning fightback to comeback from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park last Monday night.

United won the game with a last minute screamer by midfielder Nemanja Matic. When quizzed after the match Red Devils defender Chris Smalling admitted securing victory in the final stages of a game was reminiscent of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

“Yeah, it did. There’s not been many games where we’ve come back – granted, there’s not many games when we’ve gone 2-0 down – but you can see how close we are as a group that everyone celebrated together, and how much it means to us, because that was a huge win.

“Our intensity really increased and you could see probably four of (Palace’s) guys cramping up, and that gave us that edge where we thought we could go after them. Even when it was 2-2, where in some games you’d probably take that after being 2-0 down, we went after them. It was great.

“It shows that no matter how bad we might be playing in that first half, that we can go after teams. Doing it away from home – our home record’s a lot better than our away form – that’s a huge win.

“We walked in (at half-time) and already knew we weren’t playing enough, needed to increase it, and conceded so early as well (in the second half) with a sloppy goal. We had everything in front of us to do, and we did it.” Smalling said.

The Old Trafford club’s victory saw them regain second place from Liverpool in the Premier League table. Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp’s sides meet at Old Trafford this weekend in was promises to be a pivotal encounter in the battle to finish second behind runaway league leaders Man City.

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