Ten-man Man Utd hold on to beat Crystal Palace

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Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford celebrate a Manchester United goal v Crystal Palace in the Premier LeagueBruno Fernandes put Manchester United ahead from the penalty spot

Marcus Rashford continued his post-World Cup scoring streak as a Manchester United side reduced to 10 men survived late Crystal Palace pressure to secure Premier League victory at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee spotted a Will Hughes handball and United seemed to be cruising when Rashford turned home Luke Shaw's cross 17 minutes into the second half for his 11th goal since returning from Qatar.

But the contest turned dramatically when, amid a confrontation that resulted in both Antony and Jeffrey Schlupp being booked, VAR Tony Harrington spotted Casemiro with his hands round Hughes' neck.

After a pitchside review, referee Andre Marriner sent the influential Brazilian off for violent conduct, which triggers an immediate three-match domestic ban.

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Schlupp halved the deficit almost immediately and amid increasingly frantic scenes around the home area, United ended the game with four central defenders protecting their goal as Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were added to starting pair Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

Respective managers Erik ten Hag and Patrick Vieira, who started the afternoon laying wreaths in honour of the victims of the 1958 Munich air disaster, ended it ranting at fourth official Joshua Smith and then marching to the centre circle to make their points to Marriner as both argued against decisions that went against their team.

United's 13th consecutive win at Old Trafford lifts them to third in the table while Palace remain 12th.

Rashford and Fred key for United

With Antony Martial ruled out through injury, Rashford's goals output is going to be crucial for United.

He now has 19 in all competitions and the England man also claimed an assist for the hosts' opener when his cross was handled by Hughes and Fernandes converted the resulting penalty.

If Rashford's goals are needed, and with Casemiro now missing two Premier League games within five days against Leeds and the home encounter with Leicester on 19 February, Fred is almost as important.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring against Crystal PalaceMarcus Rashford scored his sixth goal in seven Premier League games

The Brazilian has tended to be held up as an example of United's profligacy in the transfer market.

He cost £47m in 2018 but has rarely shown anything positive beyond running around furiously to no great end product.

Yet, as Ten Hag pointed out recently, the midfielder partners Casemiro for his country "and Brazil are not a bad side", suggesting the 29-year-old is capable of more than he has produced in his nearly five seasons in the Premier League.

He has looked a different player in recent times.

Fred still hustles and harries but he also links play well, is prepared to shoot from distance and, as he proved when he burst into the box and sent Wout Weghorst's cut-back to the near post narrowly wide of the Palace goal, can be a significant threat inside the area as well.

When he laid on his back deep in injury time and gulped in some air, it underlined the effort Fred had put in during the desperate defending United were forced into at the end.

Palace poor run continues

This was yet another day when Palace played well and ended without reward.

Vieira's side now have five points from their past eight games, form that must be overturned if they are to stay out of trouble at the bottom of the table.

Schlupp was excellent. His goal was instinctive and he also created an opening in the first half with a neat turn into space.

The absence of Wilfried Zaha with a hamstring injury was not a major blow in that sense and it took a brilliant David de Gea save to deny skipper Marc Guehi and concede the corner from which Palace scored.

However, while they are unquestionably a better side to watch than in Roy Hodgson's day, they are also easier to score against.

They have only five top-flight clean sheets all season and the room Rashford was afforded for what turned out to be the winner was poor considering how close he was to goal. Amid the fluidity of his side further forward, Vieira must not neglect the basic art of defending.

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Player of the match

RashfordMarcus Rashford

with an average of 8.22

Manchester United

Squad number10Player nameRashford

Squad number6Player nameLi Martínez

Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes

Squad number23Player nameShaw

Squad number19Player nameVarane

Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka

Squad number1Player namede Gea

Squad number5Player nameMaguire

Squad number15Player nameSabitzer

Squad number49Player nameGarnacho

Squad number17Player nameFred

Squad number27Player nameWeghorst

Squad number18Player nameCasemiro

Squad number21Player nameAntony

Squad number2Player nameLindelöf

Crystal Palace

Squad number10Player nameEze

Squad number8Player nameSambi Lokonga

Squad number7Player nameOlise

Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

Squad number26Player nameRichards

Squad number13Player nameGuaita

Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

Squad number14Player nameMateta

Squad number17Player nameClyne

Squad number29Player nameAhamada

Squad number19Player nameHughes

Squad number3Player nameMitchell


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

1de Gea29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forLindelöfat 87'minutes19Varane6Li Martínez23Shaw18CasemiroBooked at 70mins17Fred21AntonyBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSabitzerat 81'minutes8Bruno Fernandes10Rashford27WeghorstSubstituted forGarnachoat 59'minutesSubstituted forMaguireat 87'minutes



Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

13Guaita17Clyne26Richards6Guéhi3MitchellBooked at 45mins28DoucouréSubstituted forAhamadaat 82'minutes19HughesSubstituted forSambi Lokongaat 72'minutes9J AyewSubstituted forEzeat 73'minutes7Olise15SchluppBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMatetaat 83'minutes22Édouard


4Milivojevic5Tomkins8Sambi Lokonga10Eze14Mateta21Johnstone29Ahamada41Whitworth44Riedewald

Referee:Andre Marriner


Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 2, Crystal Palace 1.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Crystal Palace 1.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Albert Sambi Lokonga tries a through ball, but Michael Olise is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrick Mitchell.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Richards (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Marcel Sabitzer (Manchester United).

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Naouirou Ahamada (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution, Manchester United. Victor Lindelöf replaces Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Substitution, Manchester United. Harry Maguire replaces Alejandro Garnacho.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Michael Olise (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jean-Philippe Mateta replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Naouirou Ahamada replaces Cheick Oumar Doucouré.

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcel Sabitzer replaces Antony.

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

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