Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2 – Rooney rewards Red Devils with three points
Manchester United keep alive their faint hopes of top four qualification alive with a solid victory at Selhurst Park
February 22nd, 2014
With an hour on the clock, it looked as though David Moyes was in for yet another frustrating Premier League encounter as Manchester United manager, although quick fire goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney ensured that the champions came away with three points.
The match came hot on the heels of Rooney signing a record-breaking contract worth roughly £85 million over five years, with the striker finding the net for the first time since a 3-2 victory at the KC Stadium on Boxing Day.
It had been a game of few chances when Patrice Evra roved forward from the left-back position, collecting the ball from Adnan Januzaj before Marouane Chamakh brought down the Frenchman in the penalty area.
Robin van Persie despatched the spot kick by sending Speroni the wrong way and United had doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Rooney struck the ball sweetly into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Once again, Evra was involved in the move which saw the defender reach the byline before cutting the ball through a crowd of players and his team-mate made no mistake to put the game out of reach of Palace.
Moyes was clearly a relieved man on the touchline, with United needing to embark on a winning run between now and the end of the season to stand any chance of playing Champions League football next term.
The first half had seen the visitors control the game although the best chance before the interval fell to Marouane Fellani and the Belgian failed to make the desired contact from twelve yards after playing a one-two with Van Persie.