A late strike from Marouane Fellaini helped Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in their English Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The visitors had the most of the possession but Palace had a few moments of their own. The deadlock was broken by the visiting side in the 19th minute when there was an apparent hand ball in the box by Scott Dann and Juan Mata stepped up to end United’s goal drought of late.
The match was still however evenly matched with both sides having individual moments as they went into the break with Wayne Rooney and company slightly in front. In the second half Alan Pardew’s men drew level through substitute Jason Puncheon who bent his free kick over the wall which then took a slight deflection off Daley Blind and was in the back of the net. They had a chance to double their lead a couple of minutes later but were unable to make it count.
The Red Devils were put under some serious pressure as their opponents were being willed towards goal again by the home support after that equaliser. The Manchester United box was the area of action once more when Graham Murray met the ball inside the area with only David De Gea to beat but he was brilliantly denied by the Spanish shot stopper as scores remained level but looking like it might not be for too long as The Eagles were looking dangerous. However it was the Reds from Manchester who took back the lead when Ashley Young got the better of Joel Ward and fired one towards the back post where the towering presence of Fellaini nodded home his first of the match.
Louis Van Gaal’s charges held on to their lead as they got back to winnings ways and find themselves in touching distance of a top four finish.