Serbian Midfielder Nemanja Matic scored a stunning stoppage time winner as Manchester United came from two goals down to win 3-2 and go second in the English Premier League table and leave Crystal Palace in the relegation zone.
An unconvincing start from Jose Mourinho’s team contributed to goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt, but after repeatedly threatening they snatched all three points through goals from Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
United’s initial sluggishness suggested they were distracted by the prospect of Saturday’s fixture with rivals Liverpool, but they fought back convincingly, extending Palace’s winless run to six and denying them a win that would have taken them from 18th to 13th in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will welcome Fc Porto in the second leg of the round of 16 Champions league game at Anfield tonight.
Liverpool who last reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2009 will go into the game with a 5-0 advantage.
French league 1 leaders Paris St-Germain will seek to overturn a 3-1 loss against defending champions Real Madrid from the first leg when they face off at the Princes Park tonight.
Elsewhere, Pedro Pablo Hernandez fired a late winner as Celta Vigo came from behind to clinch a 2-1 home victory against Spanish La Liga strugglers Las Palmas.
Chile international Hernandez struck in the 89th minute after Celta defender Jonathan Castro had cancelled out Erik Exposito’s second-half opener for Las Palmas.