Leeds bring in Pascal Struijk and Ejanni Alioski for Jamie Shackleton.Raphinha joins the substitutes after missing the game with Leicester with an ankle injury, Jack Jenkins joins the first team 18 for the first time. No Pablo Hernandez.
Palace make three changes: Eze, McArthur and Ayew come in.
Leeds were handed another unhappy return from London as they were beaten by Palace in a sublime display from the home side.
The first half started very open, Townsend having a shot saved by Meslier, the ex Leeds loanee also had a shot blocked and cleared by Alioski. Leeds captain Liam Cooper had United’s first chance but he headed over the bar from a Klich corner. Unfortunately poor defending gave Dann the chance to head home a corner to give palace a 12 minute lead.
In the 16th minute Leeds though they had an equaliser, Ayling and Klich combined to set up Bamford who finished superbly, remarkably VAR ruled out the goal because the striker’s arm was outstretched and the referee ruled out the goal. Bloody infuriating how the game is been ruined by the a system that nobody really seems to understand the fine margins when it comes to offsides and handballs.
Worse was to follow, Palace were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Leeds penalty area. Eze beat Meslier with a superb effort that flew into the United net.2-0 down with 22 minutes gone. Leeds did not let their heads drop and got a goal back four minutes later. Klich flicked a ball into the area and Bamford scored his seventh goal of the season with a superb left footed finish.
Just before the break United were 3-1 down, Van Aanholt’s cross was deflected past Meslier and inside the keepers near post. It was a pretty unbelievable goal but when your luck is out, it’s bloody out and Leeds didn’t have the ‘rub of the green’ in an exciting if disappointing first half for United.
Leeds started the second half with a change, Raphinha replacing Costa. The winger was straight into the action running at speed and with skill at the Palace rearguard. Pascal Struijk should have at least tested the keeper when he headed a Harrison corner just wide of the goal. Raphinha then sent Dallas away but the Northern Ireland international was called back for handball. Alioski and Harrison both had shots saved by Guaita.
Palace had another chance when Ayew set up Zaha but Meslier saved the winger’s effort on goal. Leeds replaced Struijk with Roberts to try and find a way back into the game. The host were 4-1 up twenty minutes from time, Zaha setting up Ayew who finished the game as a contest. Van Aanholt nearly made it five when set up by Palace substitute Benteke. The last action came in injury time, Bamford was floored in the area but the referee waved away the striker’s plea for a penalty, the incident wasn’t even reviewed by VAR and it should have been for certain.
Full Time: Palace 4 Leeds 1
Roy Hodgson: "The most important thing in football is to ensure your team score one more than the opposition, but it's always nice to score four."
On Bamford's disallowed goal: “There's decisions every week where there are decisions that are contested, but unfortunately you're speaking to the wrong man if you want sympathy for tight calls as we've suffered so badly in the last two or three games through offside goals. We've also suffered from a VAR call that has seen us lose our captain for three games.
"VAR was something that was talked about for a long time, but what it's done is replaced is the trial by television. It's now just trial by the referee's television. Every goal scored has been carefully analysed in the past by pundits, and referees have been accused of getting things wrong. Now, it is referees in Stockley Park doing the same thing."
Marcelo Bielsa: "The defeat is fair, but the difference is exaggerated. The goals that Palace scored arrived at a time when we deserved to score ourselves. I never like to discuss the decisions of the referees. I don't want to comment on it [Bamford's disallowed goal].
"The performance in the last game wasn't satisfactory, as we left a lot of space for criticism but this game had other characteristics, both individually and collectively - in all aspects.
"The opposing left-back [Patrick Van Aanholt] was dangerous, while the other full-back didn't really win his duel. We had a lot of activity on both wings, but when we attacked, their full-backs were well protected in reduced spaces. They had more space in which to attack.
"All defeats are complicated, and when there are two defeats in a row, it increases how complex things are. In all games, if we concede four goals and only score one, it's going to be a hard reality."
Two games in six days, eight goals conceded only two scored isn’t the best to be honest but this is a harder league than the Championship and Leeds’ honeymoon is apparently over. Key incidents in have gone against United and whatever league you play in, sometimes you need a little luck to be on your side.
A side issue is the apparent ‘fall out’ between Pablo Hernandez and Bielsa after the Spaniards ‘strop’ after being substituted on Monday. The midfielder was surprisingly omitted from the eighteen on duty and the Head Coach said he picked the best 18 he thought ready for the game. It is hoped that the two men can sit down and sort out their differences in the forthcoming international break.
The next three games are Arsenal H, Everton A and Chelsea A and every man might be needed for this tricky trio of games. Hopefully the absent Rodrigo, Llorente and Phillips will be among them.
By Keith Ingham