Manchester United moved to within one point of Arsenal with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
- Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0
- Delaney own goal opens scoring
- Darmian adds second
- Red Devils challenge for fourth
Manchester United breezed past a lackluster Crystal Palace side and were 1-0 up within four minutes as Damian Delaney put the ball into his own net.
A Matteo Darmian stunner in the 55th minute secured the points for the Red Devils who are now just one point behind Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League.
After a patient start from both sides, the Manchester club found themselves 1-0 up after Delaney stuck out a lazy leg to deflect a Darmian cross, but only succeeded in sticking the ball in his own net.
The visitors hit back well and Wilfried Zaha whipped the ball in for Emmanuel Adebayor, who mishit a first-time volley that dribbled just wide of the post.
Anthony Martial then had the home side back on the front foot as he cut in off the left and tried to curl the ball into the far corner but Julian Speroni produced a superb diving save.
Delaney nearly added a second own goal as he moved to intercept a Martial cross, but this time his shanked clearance hit the outside of the post.
Marcus Rashford and Martial then both tested Speroni as Manchester United finished the first half strongly.
They continued their dominance after the break as Martial continued to cause havoc down the left, cutting the ball back for Rooney, who's side-foot effort was blocked by Pape Souare.
The home side grabbed a well-deserved second in the 55th minute as the ball fell for Darmian, who took a touch before rifling an unstoppable drive into the goal off the far post.
The Red Devils kept up the pressure and Martial, Rooney and Rashford all saw efforts fly inches over the crossbar as they looked to put the game to bed.
Full of confidence after scoring his first ever goal for the club, Darmian had another crack from 25 yards out that whistled just wide of the post late on, but the score remained 2-0.
That result moves us to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, who host West Brom tomorrow. #mufc
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