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Fellaini strikes twice as Man United crush Palace

United's Marouane Fellaini

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.

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.

Meanwhile,  Bournemouth were unable to take advantage of their greater possession and chances in a 0-0 draw with Leicester City that kept them in the Premier League’s bottom three.

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

A late injury-time header from Richarlison sealed a dramatic comeback for Watford as they held West Bromwich Albion to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

West Ham United substitute Diafra Sakho scored a dramatic 89th-minute winner to secure a 1-0 Premier League victory over Swansea City.

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