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Palace defeat demoralized Man United 4-0 on RefCam debut

LONDON (AP) — A referee wore a camera for the first time during an English Premier League match as Crystal Palace beat Manchester United 4-0 on Monday.

Footage from the device worn by Jarred Gillett, called the RefCam, was not broadcast live but will be compiled into a program created by the league to show the ups and downs of refereeing at the highest level.

What it will also show is a close-up of United’s woeful defence.

Defenders retreated from Michael Olise and allowed him to step forward unchallenged and score the opener after 13 minutes.

Jean-Philippe Mateta made it 2-0 five minutes before half-time when he skinned Jonny Evans and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

United’s defense failed to deal with a ball in the penalty area and Tyrick Mitchell slid in to score a third almost an hour later.

The fourth came shortly afterwards when Casemiro was dispossessed by Daniel Muñoz, who hit the ball back for Olise to score his second.

It was a particularly tough day for Casemiro. United’s captain for the day also conceded two goals.

United could claim they were missing captain Bruno Fernandes, as well as regulars Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford, but they were still dominated by a side that started the day six places behind in the table.

The defeat was United’s 13th in the competition. It remained in eighth place, outside the automatic European places.

Erik ten Hag’s men still have three league games to go before they play the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 25. The winner of the cup qualifies for the Europa League.

Palace remained in 14th place.

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AP Football: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer

The Associated Press