An nearly unbelievable Matic strike from long range dramatically sealed United's victory in stoppage time, and Mourinho says it is just another example of the towering Serbian's crucial role in his squad.
"We are improving. We need to do more for sure, because in, let's say, small games we have dropped some very important points".
United manager Jose Mourinho described his team's defending for that goal as "disgraceful, childish". "I can not tell you because you would have lots of (bleeps) but half of it was tactical information".
"To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling".
When the went two goals down, the United players waited to kick-off again, several with their hands on their hips.
"After the second goal it was very hard for us to come back; we showed character and did exactly what the manager wanted us to do".
Hennessey seemingly did not stand much of a chance of stopping the blistering strike, however, Neville said if it had have been de Gea in goal instead of Hennessey, he would have expected the Spanish global to save the volley.
"I didn't think we were that much in danger".
"I think it was a case where it was a never-say-die attitude and the character of the guys to win the game after going 2-0 down". Mourinho's team has retained the second spot in the Premier League table usurping Liverpool and will now lock horns with Jurgen Klopp's side on March 10. 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.
Asked if the performance and spirit reminded him of playing under Ferguson, Smalling said: "Yeah, it did". But within three minutes, Palace punished slack defending to go 2-0 up.