16 Jul Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United – Football Match Report – July 16, 2020
Targets from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial earned Manchester United a 2-Zero victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday to maintain their Champions League cost alive.
Each side got here into this sport on the again of disappointing outcomes as United conceded a stoppage time purpose to attract 2-2 at residence towards Southampton, whereas Palace misplaced 2-Zero at relegation-threatened Aston Villa.
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Accidents to first-choice left-backs Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams meant United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed a primary begin to Timothy Fosu-Mensah since 2017 in certainly one of two modifications following three successive matches with the identical beginning XI.
“We have to smile and go into this, we now have earned this proper, no-one thought in January that we’d be in with a shout for high 4,” mentioned Solskjaer, whose team are 19 unbeaten on all competitions.
“We’ve got accomplished unbelievable because the restart. These are the video games that matter. That’s the factor at Manchester United, you need to step up and present your character,” he mentioned.
The opening exchanges have been scrappy with neither aspect actually taking management, although United captain Harry Maguire wasted two possibilities when he obtained his head to first-half corners.
With the primary half coming to a detailed, Palace winger Wilfried Zaha felt aggrieved at not having been awarded a penalty following a problem by Victor Lindelof and, whereas VAR checked the incident, United went down the opposite and to open the scoring.
United talisman Bruno Fernandes performed in Rashford who feinted to shoot earlier than turning again on himself to tuck the ball residence for his 22nd of the season.
Palace thought that they had an equaliser 10 minutes into the second half which Jordan Ayew slid residence on the again submit following Zaha’s lay off, just for the VAR to rule it was marginally offside.
As Palace pushed for an equaliser, United began to seek out house as Fernandes hit the submit from shut vary after being teed up by Rashford.
United put the sport to mattress on 78 minutes as Martial confirmed nice energy to complete off following intricate play from Fernandes and Rashford. The purpose meant Martial additionally reached 22 for the marketing campaign.
“It was a good sport and we did not get the rhythm in our passing however two unbelievable targets received it for us,” mentioned Solskjaer.
Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt was critically injured within the making an attempt to defend the purpose and needed to obtain oxygen earlier than being stretchered off.
Regardless of 11 minutes being added on because of the harm, United held on and moved again stage on factors with fourth-place Leicester Metropolis, who had crushed Sheffield United 2-Zero earlier within the day. Palace keep 14th.