Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace: EPL Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney secure a 2-0 win for Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace.
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Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Van Persie (pen), 45
Man Utd: De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Van Persie. Subs: Amos, Evans, Chicharito, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini, Januzaj
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Campana, Digkacoi, Puncheon, Jedinak, Gayle, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Chamakh. Subs: Alexander, O'Keefe, Phillips, Kebe, Jerome, Guediora, Bannan
Full-time at Old Trafford and it’s three points for United with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Not pretty at times, but job done for Moyes.
There's four minutes of injury-time to play. Ian Holloway sends out the message from the stands "It'd be a good one for Palace to win from here boys."
Wayne Rooney is congratulated by his team-mates after making the game safe:
Palace fans are in good spirits despite seeing their side slip to defeat. They are singing "we'll stay to the end." Possible in reference to the United fans who tend to leave before full-time.
GOAL! Rooney gets his first goal of the season and it's from a free-kick. He whips the ball up and over the wall and into the corner. This game is done now.
Ryan Giggs is clearly embracing this coaching game:
Good to see Giggs out on touch line giving out instructions to our players.— Daniel (@Luzhniki2008) September 14, 2013
Substitution: Van Persie’s afternoon’s work is done, as he is being replaced by Javier Hernandez.
Van Persie continues the hunt for a goal from open play for United. He jinks past his marker and fires a shot on goal, but Speroni gets down to save.
A bit of pinball in the Palace box and somehow the away side clear the danger. They had about five swings at the ball before getting it away.
The orders are, Marouane, head down and CHARGE!
A mere handful of minutes into his Manchester United career and Fellaini is causing havoc in the box. He drags players away, the ball is played short to Van Persie and he's so close with a curler.
Marouane Fellaini makes his debut for United. Looks like the comedy wig shops in Manchester have been doing a roaring trade.— Don Riddell (@donriddellCNN) September 14, 2013
He might have retired, but Sir Alex Ferguson is still at Old Trafford:
United are looking more threatening and Valencia tees up Rooney, who completely misses his kick. Did the headband get in his eyes?
CHANCE! Speroni keeps Palace in the game by palming away a drive from Young who for the umpteenth time broke free of the Palace defence.
We're underway for the second half, and Palace have it all to do to turn this one around.
From 12 yards, Van Persie proved his deadly finishing skills to give United the lead.
So the view on the penalty is mixed. Robbie Earle in the NBC studio says nailed-on penalty, others see it different.
Never a penalty or red in a million years. Barely any contact. Ref didn't want to feel he was victimising Young so gave penalty. Game ruined— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) September 14, 2013
It's half time and United lead thanks to Van Persie's penalty.
Palace are down to 10 men and now have a mountain to climb.
I'm heading for the beverage cart. Be back shortly.
Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace
GOAL! Van Persie takes the responsibility and makes no mistake, sending Speroni the wrong way.
PENALTY. Young goes down in the box and after a bit if thinking time, the referee points to the spot. It's a red card for Digkacoi.
PALACE CHANCE! And it really should have been a goal. Gayle does brilliantly to collect a pass and glide past Ferdinand. Faced with De Gea, Gayle clips the ball over the keeper from a tight angle but it rolls inches wide of its target.
BIG CHANCE! And it’s Van Persie again. Rooney lofts a glorious 30-yard pass to Van Persie. He collects the ball on his chest and unleashes a shot, but it crashes against the bar and over. We expected the net to bulge.
He’s on the bench at the moment, but the way this game is going it might not be long before Fellaini is stripped and ready for action.
BIG CHANCE! A brilliant piece of interplay between Anderson and Evra allows the latter to drive down the left, he pulls the ball across for Van Persie but he scuffs his shot wide of target.
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