Man United suffered more woe from the penalty spot as they went down to a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace on an eventful Premier League Saturday which saw Frank Lampard celebrate his first win as Chelsea manager.
On another dramatic day in England’s top-flight, United’s hopes of continuing a promising unbeaten start to the campaign were undone by Palace’s 93rd-minute strike from Patrick van Aanholt in a 2-1 victory for Roy Hodgson’s strugglers.
Daniel James thought he had earned United a point by cancelling out Jordan Ayew’s first-half goal in the 89th minute but United were left to rue their second missed penalty of the week.
After Paul Pogba had missed on Monday against Wolverhampton Wanderers, this time it was Marcus Rashford who spurned the opportunity, his shot hitting the inside of the post.
Once again, it seemed bound to call into question United’s wisdom of having no designated penalty taker but just a pair who decide between them who should take the spot kicks.
In the lunchtime match, Lampard was relieved to celebrate his first managerial victory for the Blues at the fourth attempt as Tammy Abraham’s double inspired a thrilling 3-2 win at Norwich City for his youthful side.
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