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United survive Palace scare, Onuachu debuts, Iheanacho scores, Wolves maul Liverpool

MANCHESTER United held on with 10 men to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Old Trafford on a dramatic day of Premier League action that also saw Paul Onuachu make his Southampton debut and Kelechi Iheanacho get on the scoresheet, while Liverpool were battered by Wolves.

Crystal Palace had held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw with an added-time goal at their last meeting two weeks ago at Selhurst Park, but the Red Devils took a 2-0 lead this time at home.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the seventh minute after a handball, and United made it 2-0 seventeen minutes into the second half as they looked to be cruising to victory.

Things changed quickly though as Casemiro was shown a straight red card in the 70th minute for violent conduct.

Palace cut down United’s deal through Jeffrey Schlupp six minutes after Casemiro’s red card and threatened to equalise, but the hosts held on to move up to third place in the table.

At the GTech Community Stadium, Paul Onuachu made his Southampton debut as they were well beaten 3-0 by hosts Brentford.

The towering Super Eagles striker joined the Saints from Genk on Tuesday for £18m and came on as a substitute at the start of the second half today.

Onuachu’s presence made little difference though as Mathias Jensen netted Brentford’s third goal in the 80th minute, adding to first-half strikes from Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo.

The other Nigeria international at Southampton, Joe Aribo, was an unused substitute.

At Villa Park, Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho made a rare start for Leicester City and scored one of the goals as they beat Aston Villa 4-2 to climb further away from relegation trouble.

Wilfred Ndidi was left out of the matchday squad for personal reasons.

The biggest upset of the day was at Molinuex, where Wolves battered Liverpool 3-0.

Joel Matip scored an own while Craig Dawson and Ruben Neves added the other goals to condemn Jurgen Klopp’s side to yet another defeat.

Liverpool have now lost three consecutive away league game for the first time since 2012. The side that finished as runners-up last season are currently 10th with 29 points from 20 games.

In the other afternoon kick-off today, Brighton beat Bournemouth 1-0 to secure their tenth league win of the season — they have never won more games in a top flight campaign.

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