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All the pre-match signs pointed to a difficult evening in store when champions Manchester United visited Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Eagles boss Tony Pulis having picked up an impressive 19 points since replacing Ian Holloway last November.
Meanwhile, the home side were also able to welcome back prolific striker Glenn Murray from injury for the first time in nine months as they went in search of a fourth straight win at Selhurst Park.
In stark contrast, though, the Red Devils arrived in South East London having lost five of their previous 10 matches, but the highest-paid player in Premier League history made a nonsense of all those stats by scoring the 209th goal of his United career in a 2-0 win.
In the process, Wayne Rooney not only managed to score 10 or more league goals for the 10 consecutive season, but the forward also entered the top five all time Premier League goalscorers’ list with his 166th strike, leaving just Alan Shearer (260), Andrew Cole (187), Thierry Henry (175) and Frank Lampard (169) ahead of him now.
And with Rooney’s strike partner Robin van Persie also netting for the fourth time in just five matches since his own return from injury, things are finally starting to look up for David Moyes and Co.