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United Keep UCL Hopes Alive

English Premier League

Result: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

Date: 20 April 2016

Venue: Old Trafford 

Manchester United kept their top four hopes alive with a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney maintained his spot in the United line-up, while Anthony Martial replaced Memphis Depay on the left flank.

The Red Devils broke the deadlock after just minutes, as Juan Mata's cross home by Damien Delaney for the own goal.

It was one way traffic in the first half, and they nearly doubled their lead in the 24th minute but Marcus Rashford's strike was saved Julian Speroni.

United continued to pile on the pressure, as Rashord went close again in the 33rd minute with a deflected effort that sailed just wide of the upright.

Despite the home side's domination, the score remained 1-0 as the sides entered the halftime break.

United doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half,  as Delaney's clearing header found Matteo Darmian, who fired home a powerful volley on the edge of the box.

Crystal Palace struggled to get going, with Emmanuel Adebayor cutting a frustrating figure in the attack.

United continued to dominate and introduced the likes of Memphis Depay and Maroune Fellaini for the final 20 minutes, as they saw out a comfortable three points.

The win sees Louis Van Gaal's charges remain in fifth spot, one point behind fourth placed Arsenal, who play on Thursday evening.

 

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