Manchester United played out a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night as they continued their unbeaten League run. The Reds had to wait until late on to claim all 3 points against the Eagles, and needed a bit of luck from the referee for their first goal. However, often in football a team needs a little bit of luck to get over the line – and United certainly haven’t had their fair share of that so far this season!
The first half was a fairly dismal display from both sides, the game didn’t produce much action in front of goal whatsoever and neither team took the game by the scruff of the neck. It was United who broke the deadlock though close to the half time whistle, a Paul Pogba tap in courtesy of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic assist. But the goal will certainly not be forgotten for a while as Ibrahimovic committed a hand-ball for the assist, and Pogba was almost certainly offside!
It didn’t get much better for the referee either as Marcos Rojo committed a questionable foul which could’ve arguably seen the Argentine sent off – the ref gave him the benefit of the doubt. United also had a penalty shout, followed by a disallowed goal by Juan Mata which should certainly not have been ruled out. It definitely wasn’t referee Craig Pawson’s best day at the office by any stretch of the imagination.
Either way, the beautifully worked Palace equalising goal was overturned late on by United who managed to find the net in the 88th minute and finish the game off. Paul Pogba fed the ball into Ibrahimovic who gladly tucked the ball away from a difficult angle, a touch of class from the Swede earning Mourinho’s men all 3 points and their 2nd league win in a row since August.
December has been Manchester United’s best footballing month under Jose Mourinho so far, but with a busy festive period ahead, let’s hope the Reds can continue their fine form and close the gap on their rivals at the top of the table.
Here’s how we rated the Manchester United team:
De Gea – 7
Bailly – 6 subbed by Darmian 6
Jones – 8
Rojo – 6
Blind – 7
Carrick – 6.5
Herrera – 6
Pogba – 8
Mata – 6 subbed by Lingard 7
Rooney – 7 subbed by Rashford 7
Ibrahimovic – 7.5
So a lack of goals is still clearly an issue for Jose Mourinho and United so hopefully something clicks soon as without Ibrahimovic the Red-Devils would be floundering much futher down the table but at least for tonight thay can be content with the 3 points they claimed.