Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Manchester United eased past Crystal Palace to a 4-0 victory in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
Manchester United won their seventh straight match in all competitions by easing past Crystal Palace.
Juan Mata, one of Jose Mourinho’s five changes from Wednesday’s win over CSKA Moscow struck early on, by scoring his first Premier League goal since February on his 200th appearance in the competition.
The two close-range finishes from the in-form Fellaini either side of half-time took his season tally to four before Romelu Lukaku sealed a comprehensive victory late on as United continued to impress even without the injured player Paul Pogba.
United’s win means they are level on points with Man City but behind in terms of goal difference.
Mourinho’s side have won seven consecutive matches in all competitions, while Palace are winless and still without a goal from as many top-flight games as their abysmal start to the campaign continues.
Marcus Rashford another of the stars brought in by Mourinho was the creator, easily cruising past Joel Ward down the left and cutting back to Mata, who finished simply with his left foot from 12 yards.
Manchester United had not tested Wayne Hennessey since their opener, but ruthlessly doubled their lead in the 35th minute. Ashley Young delivered a magnificent in-swinging cross from the left which left Fellaini with an easy task to volley in at the far post.
Jeffrey Schlupp was angry to have a penalty turned down after a challenge from Smalling at the other end, while Young drew a save from Hennessey as United searched for a fourth.
Romie Lukaku who had a quiet outing, should have scored when he took advantage of an advantage from referee Mike Dean to run into the area and send a left-footed strike inches wide when he appeared destined to find the far corner.
Lukaku got his seventh in as many league games by tapping in from six yards after Herrera and Martial had again combined in impressively creating the opportunity.