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Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

By Marc HigginsonBBC Sport
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.

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."

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Jason Puncheon
The three goals Palace have scored from free-kicks this season were against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United
Ashley Young
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Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was substituted at half-time after sustaining an injury


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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

Man Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

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


  • 6Evans
  • 9Falcao
  • 11Januzaj
  • 32Valdés
  • 33McNair
  • 44Pereira
  • 49Wilson
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ashley Young.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh replaces Wilfried Zaha.

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Patrick McNair replaces Chris Smalling.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    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.

As It Stood

2Man City35217771363570
4Man Utd36208861362568
10West Ham361211134343047
12Crystal Palace36119164350-742
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Aston Villa36108183050-2038
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