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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

The Belgian struck two of United goals in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, serving a timely reminder that he still has something to offer

Romelu Lukaku “grabbed his chance” by scoring twice to make light work of Manchester United’s injury crisis with a comfortable Premier League victory over Crystal Palace, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils were missing eight first-team players at Selhurst Park, but claimed a club record eighth consecutive win away from home and extended their unbeaten league run under their interim boss to 11 games.

Belgium striker Lukaku netted in each half, curling a well-placed shot into the corner for his first and scooping over goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for his second.

Looking to respond, Palace winger Jeffrey Schlupp flicked a header wide of the far post, but Joel Ward did manage to convert a diving header from close range with 24 minutes remaining.

Solskjaer said: “He [Lukaku] has done loads of running up and down the line, right wing, left wing. He’s had a different role because of Marcus Rashford’s form.

“He got a chance up front. Two very good finishes, could have had another one as well earlier on, so I am very pleased for Rom. He is a quality finisher.

“It’s great to have him around the place, always happy, always working on his finishing. He’s played more than you think, but he’s played wide right, wide left, so it’s Rash’s form that has moved him out there.

“Now with Rash’s injury, he grabbed his chance.”

 

Mixed showing from United

Manchester United injury list
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There were major concerns before the game that boss Solskjaer may have to field a significantly-weakened United side, having seen three players stricken by injury in the first half against Liverpool last Sunday.

But the Norwegian managed to put out a fairly strong eleven, giving a start to £47m summer signing Fred for his first appearance since 5 January in the FA Cup.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder was shaky early on, being outmuscled off the ball too often and playing loose passes, but his 84.5% pass accuracy was bettered only by defender Victor Lindelof.

Solskjaer, who has repeatedly spoken about the traditions of Manchester United, took the opportunity to hand a debut to 17-year-old youth team midfielder James Garner for the final minute, replacing Fred.

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Kristiansund vs Man United: Latest update

Kristiansund vs Man United

Juan Mata late penalty goal helped Manchester United pip Norwegian outfit Kristiansund 1-0 on Tuesday evening, July 30, to require care of their pre-season winning run.

The ending comes once a pair of-1 convert Tottenham Hotspur as a result of the previous Trafford dwellers created 2 changes in their starting XI with new arrivals David James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka listed.

Manchester United enjoyed big possession of the ball at intervals the first stages of the game, but could not apply the final word bit, owing to a solid defence.
Manchester United enjoyed massive possession of the ball within the early stages of the sport, however couldn’t apply the ultimate bit, because of a solid defence.
Kristiansund had the primary probability to internet the opener through Amidou Diop, however his strike towards goal within the twentieth minute, did not hit target. The Red Devils were finding it robust to interrupt down the japanese Europeans, United Nations agency adopted additional tactful play, to make sure United do not beat them simply to the ball. 3 minutes to the top of the primary forty five minutes, Scott McTominay tried an honest shot towards goal, however it might solely strike the goal, with scorers remaining 0-0 going into the break. within the 52nd minute, Kristiansund chad their best probability to an opening the situation, however Sondre Sorli’s header did not reach meant target.

Marcus Rashford etched out a gap for United six minutes later, however Kristiansund shot-stopper Andreas Vaikla was spot on to form a finger-tip stop save to deny the britain international a goal. 2 minutes once Rashford goal try, Man United brought on Associate in Nursing all new beginning eleven with the likes of Paul Pogba and Sergio Romero listed. Mason Greenwood’s try once twisting Associate in Nursingd turning within the bench might solely notice the side-netting once an assist from Mata.

Manchester United finally weblike the winner in else time once Mata slotted home a spot-kick once he was fouled by Viakla within the box. The Red Devils can currently tackle AC Milano prior their Premier League opener on August eleven against Chelsea.

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Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance before a sell-out MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 14,356 which included former welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.

Although the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao’s lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino’s favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.

“It was fun,” Pacquiao said afterwards. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong.”

Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to “crucify” his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement.

Pacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.

“I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight,” he said.

“I want to clap my opponent. He’s very tough. He can fight. This guy is a warrior.”

Pacquiao, who earned an estimated $20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.

The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring.

“I think I will fight next year,” said Pacquiao, who was due to fly out of Las Vegas for the Philippines shortly after the fight. “I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision.”

– No complaints –
Thurman meanwhile had few complaints in defeat, embracing Pacquiao after the final bell in recognition of an epic contest.

“I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.

“This was a beautiful night of boxing. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. I would love the rematch.”

Official statistics showed Pacquiao landed 195 of 686 punches thrown, while Thurman connected with 210 of 571.

“My numbers just weren’t up to par to be victorious tonight,” Thurman said. “The fight just flew by. I knew I had to do something big in the later rounds but he was just too good.”

Earlier, a pumped-up Pacquiao had danced into the ring to the strains of Rocky movie anthem “Eye of the Tiger” to bring the crowd to its feet.

Deafening chants of “Manny, Manny” rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.

Towards the end of the round, the crowd erupted as Pacquiao sent Thurman crashing to the canvas, uncorking a left to the ribs before detonating a right hand on the American’s jaw.

That set the tone for the early rounds, with Pacquiao urging Thurman on before using his superior hand speed and footwork to bamboozle his rival.

A dazzling combination wobbled Thurman again at the end of the second, and Pacquiao delighted the crowd with an Ali shuffle as the round closed.

Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his nose.

Thurman though was in no mood to surrender and he came back strongly, snapping Pacquiao’s head back with a right cross-left jab combination in the seventh round.

The younger Thurman appeared to be gaining momentum as the fight drew on, backing up Pacquiao with a clean combination in the eighth.

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