Jose Mourinho admitted he was impressed by Crystal Palace’s approach against Manchester United and admitted Roy Hodgson can consider himself unlucky.
The former England boss’ dogged hosts out-fought their opponents for the opening hour, taking advantage of some sloppy play and poor passing.
Goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aarnholt put the Eagles into a 2-0 lead before Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic saw United unexpectedly fight back to win 3-2.
The Eagles also had an excellent chance to regain the lead at 2-2 when United goalkeeper David De Gea somehow repelled Christian Benteke’s powerful, close-range header.
“Palace did very, very well. Roy was aggressive. Roy was clever,” added Mourinho.
“He went direct and tried to bring the emotion to the game to his team, which he did, and they were always dangerous.
“Even in the moment when it looks like everything was in our control, David had to make a phenomenal save from Benteke.
“It’s very hard for them to lose and go home without a single point, because they gave absolutely everything.”
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