Fellaini strikes twice as Manchester crush poor Crystal


Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the team's second goal during the English ...
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO .

Manchester United provisionally went top of the Premier League after Marouane Fellaini scored two goals either side of Juan Mata’s opener and Romelu Lukaku’s record-equalling strike in a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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.

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku reacts to a missed oppurtunity during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO .
Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku reacts to a missed oppurtunity during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO .

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.

Mata produced a fine finish after he was set up by Marcus Rashford before Fellaini converted perfect crosses by Ashley Young and Rashford before Lukaku netted his 11th goal in 10 games for United with a simple tap-in.

Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial reacts after missing a shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO.
Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial reacts after missing a shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO.

Report by Reuters

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