In the aftermath of Manchester United’s incredible victory over Crystal Palace this evening, droves of fans have taken to social media to poke fun at Chelsea.
United and Palace went head to head at Selhurst Park, with the hosts having come into proceedings on the back of no wins from their last 5 league outings, the latest of which saw the Eagles fall to a hugely-disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham courtesy of a late Harry Kane strike.
Manchester United, meanwhile, bounced back from a shock 1-0 loss away to Newcastle 3 weeks ago with 2 wins and a draw from their last 3 games, including a crucial 2-1 victory over Chelsea last time out.
Unsurprisingly, the visiting Red Devils were labelled as clear favourites ahead of kick-off, meaning there was shock amongst viewers when Palace took the lead with just 11 minutes on the clock, courtesy of Andros Townsend.
After Christian Benteke was slipped in down the left side of United’s box, the burly Belgian hitman cut inside, before laying a pass off to the incoming Townsend on the edge of the area.
And the English wide man’s ensuing driven effort took a massive deflection off of Victor Lindelof, leaving David De Gea wrong-footed and arrowing perfectly into the top-right hand corner of United’s goal.
Incredibly, things soon got worse for Jose Mourinho’s travelling giants, as a quick free-kick inside United’s half just after the interval saw Patrick Van Aanholt given a clear path to goal, with the Dutch flyer making no mistake with his finish, driving home at the near post of David De Gea.
The Red Devils were not ready to accept defeat lying down, though, and went on to turn the game on its head over the remainder of the second-half.
Chris Smalling pulled one back with a header in the 55th-minute from a perfect Antonio Valencia dinked cross, after James Tomkins was caught badly behind the rest of Palace’s defensive line.
And it was 2-2 twenty minutes later, as Alexis Sanchez’s strike deflected off the home side’s crossbar, before being taken down and dispatched by Romelu Lukaku following a number of dummies.
And the turnaround was complete in the 2nd minute of injury-time, as unexpected hero Nemanja Matic took the ball down 25 yards from goal, before unleashing an incredible half-volley past the helpless Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal.
It was a truly special goal to decide a spectacular game of football, with Nemanja Matic unsurprisingly the talk of social media.
However, while many were simply happy to heap praise on the Serbian midfielder for his moment of magic, others used the occasion as an opportunity to poke fun at Chelsea for their decision to allow Matic to move to Old Trafford during the summer (and for signing Tiemoue Bakayoko as his replacement).
Check out the highlights below:
Today would be a good time to thank Chelsea for matic. The deadwood that became a firewood.
You can thank in your local dialect. I’ll set the ball rolling
Daaaaaaalu ndi Bus parkers https://t.co/p3NptwE7ed
— kenna (@kennagq) March 5, 2018
Honestly Chelsea FC, I cannot thank you enough for Nemanja Matic. THANK YOU. What a goal by the beast from the east!
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) March 5, 2018
Friendly reminder that Chelsea sold Matic and bought bloody BAKAYOKO LMAOOOOOO
— Gareth (@Iucamotion) March 5, 2018
Chelsea fans thought they were upgrading on Matic with Bakayoko 😂😂😂
— Un Prophète (@mediocentroEN) March 5, 2018
Antonio Conte showing the Chelsea board Matic’s goal today pic.twitter.com/5QITnLhxwW
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 5, 2018
Chelsea thank you for sacking your best ever manager Mourinho
Chelsea thank you for your spine midfielder Matic
Chelsea thank you for going for Lukaku but signing Morata
— Utd (@SimplyUtd) March 5, 2018
If Bakayoko had hit that instead of Matic, that ball would have ended up outside the stadium. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it was their former player who hit that and not their €40 million disaster.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) March 5, 2018
Chelsea fans are suffering so much right now that it wouldn’t be fair for me to thank them for selling us Matic tonight. Not after that goal. Not when that goal put us 9 points clear of them. Not when Bakayoko was his replacement. That’s next level cruel. So I won’t do it.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) March 5, 2018
Chelsea thank you for Matic once again #MUFC
— Savage (@dadykitto) March 5, 2018
“Thanks for Matic you prick” pic.twitter.com/62bmSwrb3o
— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) March 5, 2018
Thanks for Nemanja Matic, @ChelseaFC – hope Bakayoko is serving you well.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 5, 2018