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Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini now has seven goals this season

Marouane Fellaini scored a second-half winner against Crystal Palace to put Manchester United within a victory of qualifying for the Champions League.

Ashley Young was the provider of both United goals, the winger winning a first-half penalty when Scott Dann handled his cross.

Juan Mata scored from the spot before Jason Puncheon levelled for Palace with a deflected free-kick after the break.

Fellaini then headed in Young's cross on 78 minutes.

Champions League
The team which finishes fourth in the Premier League will face a play-off to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal's side were grateful for some superb saves from David De Gea, but they once again showed character as they recovered from Puncheon's equaliser and a period of sustained Palace pressure to win the game.

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Their remaining rivals for the final Champions League spot are Liverpool, and United will return to the Champions League if Brendan Rodgers' side lose at the home of newly-crowned champions Chelsea on Sunday.

Young had previously set up just two goals this season, but he doubled that tally of contributions at Selhurst Park with an accomplished performance on the left wing.

He presented Mata with the chance to put the visitors in front when his cross was handled by Dann - the Palace defender leaning into the ball as he misjudged its trajectory.

It was the only real highlight of a first half which saw very few chances, but United suffered injuries to both full-back Luke Shaw and lone striker Wayne Rooney which led to the England pair being substituted.

Palace improved after the break, with Puncheon stepping from the bench to bend home a free-kick via a deflection off Daley Blind in the United wall.

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Penalty decision was wrong - Pardew

The Eagles had their Premier League safety assured by results before the evening kick-off and, with the pressure off, they played some dynamic football in the final third.

James McArthur poked just wide while De Gea made a point-blank save to deny Glenn Murray as wingers Yannick Bolasie and Puncheon started to dominate the game.

However, it was United winger Young who had the final say when his superb delivery from deep picked out Fellaini, who was surrounded by three markers but in exactly the right place to nod the ball into the empty net.

De Gea made another tremendous save to deny Murray and put United on the verge of a return to Europe's elite competition.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:

"We were a lot better in the second half and I thought we would go on and get a victory - or at least a draw. It is galling to be talking about a defeat.

"I think the referee's in a bad position to say Scott Dann's offence warrants a penalty - and I told him that. The ball came in, there was no real threat and Scott leans in and is turning away. I think it hits the shoulder and his chest. From his angle the referee couldn't tell - it was impossible. I think it is a really tough call.

"We had a great moment when Glenn Murray had a great chance - it was a fantastic save from one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal:

"We still have to win one point I believe to make sure of Champions League qualification. But we have made a very important step.

"We have worked so hard, the players showed the team spirit is good. I am very proud. When you are fighting like this every week, we are difficult to beat.

"David De Gea has made great saves several times this season, I am very happy he saved from Murray because at the time it could have been 2-1 for Crystal Palace."

Penalties
Most penalties scored in Premier League history: Liverpool 102, Chelsea 100, Arsenal 94, Manchester United 90, Newcastle 89
Jason Puncheon
The three goals Palace have scored from free-kicks this season were against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United
Ashley Young
Ashley Young has provided as many Premier League assists in 2014-15 (four), as he did in his previous two seasons combined
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was substituted at half-time after sustaining an injury

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 40Souaré
  • 15JedinakSubstituted forLee Chung-yongat 84'minutes
  • 28LedleySubstituted forPuncheonat 45'minutes
  • 7Bolasie
  • 18McArthur
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forChamakhat 85'minutes
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 10Campbell
  • 13Hennessey
  • 22Mutch
  • 24Lee Chung-yong
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A Valencia
  • 12SmallingSubstituted forMcNairat 84'minutes
  • 4Jones
  • 3ShawSubstituted forEvansat 40'minutes
  • 17Blind
  • 8Mata
  • 21HerreraBooked at 55mins
  • 31Fellaini
  • 18Young
  • 10RooneySubstituted forFalcaoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 9Falcao
  • 11Januzaj
  • 32Valdés
  • 33McNair
  • 44Pereira
  • 49Wilson
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
25,009

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

Attempt saved. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Falcao.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

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

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Ward with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh replaces Wilfried Zaha.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces Mile Jedinak.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Patrick McNair replaces Chris Smalling.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Scott Dann following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Manchester United 2. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Attempt missed. Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mile Jedinak with a headed pass.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Scott Dann.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Daley Blind (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McArthur with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ander Herrera.

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Dann.

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

goal

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