Premier League: Manchester United crush Crystal Palace, Crouch seals Stoke win


Manchester United provisionally went top of the Premier League after defeating Crystal Palace 4-0 Saturday.

Substitute Peter Crouch scored a late winner as Stoke City beat Southampton 2-1 on Saturday to claim their first Premier League victory since August.

Marouane Fellaini scored two goals either side of Juan Mata’s opener and Romelu Lukaku’s record-equalling strike as United continued their great start of the season.

Mata fired United ahead in the third minute and Lukaku netted in the 86th for his seventh goal in his first seven Premier League games for the club to equal the Andy Cole’s record.

United have 19 points from seven games, three more than second-placed Manchester City who were playing champions Chelsea later. Palace suffered a seventh straight defeat without scoring and remained rooted to the foot of the table.

Crouch, the imposing former England forward, poked home from close range in the 85th minute, 15 minutes after coming on, to seal only the second victory of the season for Stoke City.

Maya Yoshida had appeared to rescue a point for Southampton after he fired home a 75th-minute equaliser to cancel out Mame Biram Diouf’s headed opener in the 40th minute.

Stoke’s Sadio Berahino missed a first-half penalty to extend his goalless streak to 29 games, while Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk – who submitted a transfer request in the summer – made his first start since January.

Stoke Climb to 13th with eight points and trail Southampton, in 12th, on goal difference.

In other matches Bournemouth held Leicester City to goalless draw while West Ham earned a much-needed 1-0 win against.

Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion were held to 2-2 draw by Watford.

Earlier, Harry Kane scored two goals in Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive 4-0 win at promoted Huddersfield Town.

(With Agency Inputs)

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