Jose Mourinho hailed the impact of all three of his Manchester United substitutes as they helped the team come from behind to defeat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.
"There's not been many games where we've come back - granted, there's not many games when we've gone 2-0 down".
When Townsend struck the opening goal it was the first time Palace had led United in the Premier League and the home fans could hardly believe their eyes when their Dutch worldwide Van Aanholt beat De Gea at his near post with a rasping drive.
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Palace have failed to win any of their 18 Premier League meetings with Manchester United - a Premier League record for most games against an opponent without victory.
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Relegation-threatened Palace remain third bottom - a point from safety - having failed to win for the sixth successive game. They now visit Stamford Bridge next Saturday, then take a trip to Huddersfield on the other weekend, and in the last day of the month, host Liverpool in London.
However, he was not the only United player who endured a hard evening as the Eagles made life extremely tough for the visitors.
It could have been far better for the Eagles as they led 2-0 early in the second half, only to be pegged back as they seemed destined for an unlikely win with a squad depleted by injuries.
And Matic insists the clash with Liverpool represents another chance to show they can challenge champions-elect Manchester City for next season's title.
"But I'd say we deserved that because the dominance in that last half-hour was huge". The only thing is that has saddened me today is the fact we've gone home with no points.
Matic sealed the win with a 25-yard strike - his first goal for the club since joining from Chelsea in the summer.