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Saturday afternoon saw Manchester United thrash Crystal Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford, keeping their unbeaten start to the season intact while deepening the Eagles' misery.

It was the first time Fellaini has scored twice in a game for United since joining in 2013. In 2007-08, for example, Derby won one game and finished with 11 points after making the jump (though even they scored 20 goals). They sit at the bottom of the standings with no points after six matches. But another game without a point or a goal will not help the confidence levels at Selhurst Park. There is a lot of football left to be played.

The bad results led to a managerial change.

Mourinho also praised Palace boss Roy Hodgson who is yet to record his first win since taking over from Franck De Boer.

Palace will have a decent share of absentees ahead of this contest. Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also out, as is long term absentees Connor Wickham and Wilfred Zaha. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to play against his parent club and will be unavailable as well. The positive aspect, however, is that Freddie Ladapo is in contention to start according to Hodgson.

That was a huge setback for a Palace team who had been beaten on each of their previous 10 league visits to Old Trafford, since a 2-1 victory in December 1989.

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They face Manchester United this weekend before welcoming Chelsea to Selhurst Park after the worldwide break, and Hodgson has warned it may take some time to turn Palace's fortunes around.

The Red Devils are aiming to win the title this season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's final campaign in charge in 2012-13.

"In two weeks we have a big game against Liverpool and we have to be ready".

Palace's pre-match hopes of making life hard for United's attackers were dashed within three minutes. Manchester United thrashed an all-confident CSKA Moscow side 4-1 in Russian Federation and underlined their utter dominance once again this season.

Many expected the Red Devils to easily take apart the sudden relegation candidates and Fellaini duly obliged, grabbing himself a brace to complete a dominant performance. That's the size of the task in front of Roy Hodgson and I think nearly everyone would call this a " home banker ". These both teams met 51 matches.


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