Manchester United 2 - 0 Crystal Palace

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 14/09/2013 KO: 12:45 Ref: J Moss Att: 75,170

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Man Utd

Robin van Persie 45+1 (pen)
Wayne Rooney 81


C Palace

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • It's all over and Manchester United have laboured to a 2-0 victory over 10-man Crystal Palace - but it was far from convincing. The champions struggled to exert their authority in the first half and only made the breakthrough just before the break when Dikgacoi was sent off for a foul on Young inside the box which led to van Persie's penalty. A Rooney free kick sealed the points but United fans will be concerned how their team failed to score from open play in what was expected to be an easy fixture.

  • Hernandez's low cross from the right nearly finds Rooney but Palace scramble the ball clear.

  • The fans aren't anticipating any more goals as they head towards the exits in pretty large numbers.

  • The ball gets trapped under Rooney's feet on the edge of the box and Palace promptly clear their lines.

  • There will be four minutes of stoppage time to play at the end of this clash.

  • Rooney sets up Hernandez on the right side of the box but the Mexican's effort is tame and Speroni saves with ease.

  • It's probably fair to say Januzaj has staked his claim for a starting spot in future games with this little cameo performance.

  • The travelling Palace fans won't be discouraged at all by their side's plucky display today. Having come so agonisingly close to reaching half-time at 0-0, their heads could have dropped in the second period with 10 men but they've held together well to keep the scoreline respectable.

  • Januzaj slips a lovely pass down the left for Rooney, who darts into the area before lifting an attempted chip well wide of the far post.

  • In trying to prevent that shot, Mariappa is down injured and leaves the field for a short moment to receive treatment.

  • Januzaj has a crack from distance but fires it miles wide of the mark.

  • Rooney takes it and tries to pick out Fellaini but Palace head the ball clear.

  • Soon after the restart, United get down the left wing and win another free kick which could cause problems for Palace.

  • GOAL ROONEY - The England striker curls the ball brilliantly over the wall and into the bottom corner of the net to seal all three points for United.

  • Manchester United have a dangerous looking free kick on the edge of the box which Rooney will take.

  • Van Persie is replaced by Javier Hernandez and you can probably see why with a Champions League clash on the horizon. Even so, he won't be too impressed to have just a penalty goal to show against the 10-man Palace.

  • Yet another corner comes to nothing as Palace keep battling away in defence.

  • Valencia tries to use his pace to beat Moxey on the right but the Palace defender does well to slide in with a tackle which concedes a corner.

  • Januzaj shows good vision to pick out Valencia on the right wing but the resulting low corss is cleared.

  • Palace make their third change as Chamakh makes way for Jimmy Kebe.


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