Villa would hit the front soon after, playing out from the back and not letting Arsenal get near the ball as Leon Bailey burst into plenty of space to break down the right before playing in McGinn, who had time to take a touch and turn before finishing emphatically past David Raya.
Arteta, whose north London team arrived on the heels of four successive wins, was relegated to the directors’ box for the game while he served a one-game ban after picking up his third red card of the season. Read the game back below with updates and expert analysis from Standard Sport’s Simon Collings at Villa Park.
Two more Bournemouth goals did came after the break, after the hosts had made a relatively purposeful start to the second period. Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes both had shots blocked and Alejandro Garnacho threatened, but any hopes of a comeback were ended in a five-minute spell. Philip Billing proved too strong for Luke Shaw in the air and Marcos Senesi then found space from a corner, both heading beyond Andre Onana, as Bournemouth ruthlessly exploited an extraordinarily vulnerable United team.
Philip Billing proved too strong for Luke Shaw in the air and Marcos Senesi then found space from a corner, both heading beyond Andre Onana, as Bournemouth ruthlessly exploited an extraordinarily vulnerable United team. VAR spared Ten Hag’s side further misery, ruling out Luis Sinisterra’ stoppage-time goal for handball, though that did little to lift the mood among the home fans who grimly watch on until the final whistle.
Palace saw Jordan Ayew sent off for a second bookable offence before Mohamed Salah equalised with his 200th Liverpool goal – and 150th in the Premier League – just 98 seconds later, with Harvey Elliott then arrowing in his first of the season in stoppage time to spark bedlam in the away end. A cruel defeat was particularly costly for Palace, who lost Sam Johnstone, Edouard and Jefferson Lerma to injury as well as Ayew to suspension with Manchester City up next. Follow Crystal Palace vs Liverpool reaction live below, with updates and analysis from Standard Sport’s Dom Smith at Selhurst Park.
The defining moment of this match was not a goal but the foul Ayew made on Elliott to stop a counter-attack in the 75th minute. Madley felt he had no choice but to brandish a second yellow to Ayew, who was cheered loudly by the Palace fans as he made his way to the tunnel. He, and his team, had played so courageously.
“Then it was flagged up again after the Bournemouth game, and yesterday, and today I’ve had a further discussion both with them and with Michael himself. We’ve decided that because it’s not impossible that he could play — he’s not injured per se — we must make a decision with regard to Michael staying fit now and to the end of the season, and what level of risk will there be tomorrow if we ask him to play 90 minutes against Liverpool?”
“The season before last we had a period up until Christmas where we were in the Champions League spots. So, we’ve been challenging and we’re trying to get back up there, we really are, but I am fully aware we are still in a period where we are trying to make things better and integrate two or three players who have come in the team. We’re still probably looking to add to it as we go along as well.”
“But for a lot of these guys, it’s the first time. And I’m always mindful of that wherever I’ve been. That’s why I know that invariably, sometimes it’s happened at the beginning of my tenure, sometimes happened in the middle, sometimes at the end of the first season. But always in the first season there are challenges.
“Of course, we are competing and want to win, but what’s best for Reece is time and giving him game time. If not, it is difficult for him to be fit. If you ask me about both games [Newcastle and United] I think we cannot blame him and need to blame everyone. If you didn’t win, it is because something collective didn’t work.”