Hodgson ´very sad´ for Palace players after United loss

Hodgson ´very sad´ for Palace players after United loss

Palace were a matter of minutes away from taking a point on home soil before Nemanja Matic scored a stunning strike to give United a 3-2 triumph.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: "The only thing that has disappointed me is the fact that once again we go away with no points. At the moment we aren't relegated, we're in the relegation zone, so I think that's a positive", he said.

It's hardly a gamble rotating the squad when you have so many quality options in reserve and while people have paid good money to watch the game at Anfield tonight, Klopp could still put out a strong side even without his first choice front three.

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Rashford and I are practically the same age, so there is no surprise that, while one was making a difference on the pitch and the other was throwing empty Rubicon cartons everywhere, we were feeling the same way.

However, Palace's second goal stung United into life and they were soon back in the match when Valencia clipped a cross to the far post where Smalling was lurking on his own to direct a header back across Hennessey's goal into the far corner.

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Matic's outstanding strike was his first goal for the club and he said: "After 2-0 it was very hard for us to come back because they had the crowd behind them but we showed character".

"We started bad once more, not pressing the ball or the opponent and giving them too much space".

That second goal was a goal to show kids in academies around the country, to show that top players can concede silly goals.

But the comeback was completed with a sumptuous volley from Nemanja Matic in the 91st minute as he won three points for his side with his first goal for the Red Devils. They are two clear of Liverpool (60) on third and 16 points behind leaders Man City (78).

"This season against Benfica, it was half a goal for him and half a goal for the Benfica goalkeeper [Mile Svilar]".

It lifts United back into second place, and flawless timing because third-place Liverpool is next on Saturday morning.

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