Premier League
14 December 2016
Game week
0 - 1
1 - 2
Selhurst Park (London)


0 - 1
45' +2 P. Pogba (G)
J. McArthur (G) 66' (assist by: D. Delaney)
1 - 1
1 - 2
88' Z. Ibrahimović (G) (assist by: P. Pogba)


Minute   Description
Full-time at Selhurst Park. United make it two wins on the bounce in the Premier League, and in dramatic fashion as Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets late on to secure the 2-1 away victory. Paul Pogba and James McArthur scored prior to this and it looked likely that proceedings would end all-square, but the big Swede popped up with a great finish to confirm the three points.
90'+2 Rashford leaves his marker for dead and displays an electric bit of pace down the right-hand side to take the pressure completely off of the defence. Eventually, the hosts gain the throw-in and possession will be kept up this end of the pitch if United have their way.
90' FOUR minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee which will give Palace some slight confidence. They need to try and get the ball in the final third, though, which they have found difficult apart from their goal and a few more fruitless ventues.
88' Magnificent assist from Pogba.
GOOOOAAAAALLLL FOR UNITED! A LATE POTENTIAL WINNER FOR THE VISITORS! Two summer signings combine for the Red Devils as Pogba bullies Cabaye off the ball before threading a superb pass in behind the defence for Ibrahimovic, who somehow lashes a strike into the far corner past the keeper! Two-one!
87' Third and final change from Alan Pardew as the impressive McArther makes his way from the bench to be replaced by Fraizer Campbell.
86' Ibrahimovic makes his way down the left-hand side and look to take on the full back in order to generate some space. Plenty of United players get forward to try and support their team-mate, but the big Swede goes for the shot on goal which proves to be the wrong decision as it is easily blocked.
84' There is a little bit of a lull in the game as both sides struggle to keep possession in advanced areas, which is leading to some mightily frustrated United players. Rashford displays this as he goes in for a needless, late, challenge to earn a yellow card.
82' It isn't happening for United at the moment as they are almost getting too desperate in their attempts to grab this second goal. The passing has been rash and so indeed has been the first touches, as the usually reliable possession of Pogba breaks down a promising attack after the Frenchman lets the ball get away under his feet.
80' The second, for Palace, sees Zeki Fryers make way for Lee.
Two changes, one from either side. The first sees Rooney make way for Marcus Rashford.
78' HENNESSEY DENIES UNITED AGAIN! Ibrahimovic picks up the ball in a neat little position on the right wing and cuts into a more central area before feigning the attempt on goal. Instead, he stabs a beatitiful pass in behind the Palace defence for Lingard, but the goalkeeper is there to beat away a stinging strike from the substitute.
76' Some neat and tidy stuff from United at the moment but it is all in very tight areas as all the players want to see the ball in more central positions. There is acres of space out on the wings if someone wants to take advantage, but there is a section in front of the Palace defence with seven or eight players all vying for possession.
74' It took a while for this game to get going, but we definitely have a contest on our hands now with three vital Premier League points on the line. Unfortunately, after full-time much of the talking points will be surrounding the referee and his assistants, as we have had a red card that should have been given, a goal that shouldn't have been given for an offside, and a goal that SHOULD have stood when flagged as offside!
72' Delaney is the latest player to go into the book.
71' Second change of the match from Mourinho and it sees Mata, who just witnessed the ball go over the line only to be flagged as offside. Replaced by Jesse Lingard.
70' Pogba sees yellow for his penalty protests.
SURELY a penalty for Manchester United! The game is end-to-end at the moment and it is making for cracking viewing, but the visitors should have had the opportunity to grab the lead again from the spot as the balls clearly cannons off the elbow of Ledley inside the box!
68' SAAAAAAVE FROM HENNESSEY! Rooney continues to strive towards Bobby Charlton's record and attempts to match it with a superb strike drilled towards the top left corner. He almost goes away celebrating, but is thwarted by the Palace goalkeeper who brilliantly palms behind!
66' An astonishing assist from Delaney! Straight out of the Ronaldinho playbook.
GOOOOAAAALLLLLL FOR PALACE! We are all-square! Kelly goes on a marauding run down the left-hand side for one of the first times in the match and finds Delaney on the edge of the box, who quite wonderfully flicks a pass through in behind the defence. McArthur meets it and confidently converts into the corner! A brilliant move! One-one.
65' Rojo really needs to watch himself here as he commits yet another foul, this time from behind on Benteke. Pardew fails to adhere himself to the neutrals as he makes his way from the dugout brandishing an imaginary yellow card, which isn't good to see even though the United man deserved one.
63' WHAT A SAVE FROM DE GEA! Almost from nowhere, Palace nearly pull of a great equaliser as McArthur tries his luck with a rasper of a half-volley from around 25 yards out. It looks destined to find the top corner, but the Spaniard has other ideas and somehow gets across goal to tip over the bar! What a goalkeeper.
61' It is Palace's turn to try and break down the opposition defence this time as United just revert into a deep defensive shape on the edge of their own penalty box. Ledley and Cabaye have the freedom of the midfield around 35 yards out, but Mourinho's men seem content to let them have possession for a few moments.
59' Well, Ibrahimovic may be one of the best strikers in the world, but the Swede has just pulled off one of the worst free-kicks you will see this season. The former PSG attacker clearly attempts to dip a powerful strike high into the top corner, but it goes closer to the roof of the stadium rather than the goal. Really, really poor.
58' The United players are the walking wounded at the moment as Rooney is the latest player to go down on to the surface after picking up a knock. The captain of the visitors took a nasty one after a clash of knees with Delaney, but he should be okay to continue despite the pain, and has a free-kick for his trouble.
56' The good news for United is that Palace are now being forced to show more ambition going forward which will in turn create more space in defensive areas for the Red Devils to exploit. Still not a lot of pace to burn in the ranks, though, so perhaps Mourinho will be looking to introduce Marcus Rashford at some point?
54' The irony is not lost on the Manchester United fans as they continue their festive Eric Cantona Christmas Carol. One of the most infamous moments in Premier League history took place in this fixture as the Frenchman flew into the Crystal Palace crowd with a karate kick to confront an Eagles fan.
52' Bailly is replaced by Matteo Darmian.
51' With Palace sitting so deep, Carrick has had the opportunity to venture into more advanced areas so far this evening and has picked out some excellent balls in these positions. The latest comes on the outside of the box in the right channel as he looks for the run of Bailly, but the United full-back pulls up, seemingly injured again. He'll have to come off.
49' It does appear in the early moments of the second half that Pardew has asked his players to play a little more direct than the opening 45 minutes. Cabaye follows this tactic by popping a high ball deep into the United box for Benteke, but the Belgian is terribly isolated again and ends up conceding the goal-kick.
47' JUST WIDE BY LEDLEY! The former Celtic man, who has only been on the pitch just over a minute, attempts to make an impact right away with a cracker of a strike aimed ominously towards the far corner from around 25 yards. It just goes the wrong side of the post, though! Unlucky.
46' A change to report at the break as Flamini is replaced by Joe Ledley for Palace.
The second period is under way in London.
Half-time at Selhurst Park. After a decent opening period from United, Mourinho's men finally take the lead through a slightly controversial Pogba goal. Alan Pardew will certainly have something to say about the lead up to the opener, but Palace are on the back foot now with the second half to come.
45'+2 GOOOOAAAAAAALLL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! A free-kick is swung into the box from the visitors and Ibrahimovic smartly chests into the path of Pogba in behind, who makes no mistake with a predatory finish into the corner. One-nil, but did the ball come off the hand of the big Swede there, and was the goalscorer offside?!
45'+1 Booking for Martin Kelly.
44' Lee bursts a gut to latch on to a loose ball down the left wing and eventually collects possession just before the byline before linking up impressively with Zaha. However, the subsequent cross into the box from the winger is disappointing.
42' ANOTHER GREAT SAVE FROM HENNESSEY! Carrick moves through the middle completely unopposed and makes his way to around 30 yards out before chipping a delightful pass to the back post. Pogba meets it with a stinging left-footed volley, but the Palace stopper is on hand again to make the vital block!
40' After a good period from Palace, United have now reverted back to their short passing game in the final third. However, all the play is being routed through the middle of the park with both Rooney and Mata coming into central areas rarther than using the space on the wings, and it is actually making it easier for the hosts to defend.
38' Rojo is the first man to go into the book here and it is for a challenge on Zaha. The United man is arguably lucky not to see red as he went in with both feet raised off the floor, but the referee is lenient on this occasion.
37' SAVE BY HENNESSEY! The Palace goalkeeper is called into action for the first time in the proceedings as Pogba clips a lofted pass in behind the defence for Rooney, who just swipes an attempt towards the top right corner. A cracking bit of goalkeeping from the Welshman sees United denied.
35' Ibrahimovic has been dropping a little too deep in this first half, and although he is getting involved with neat and tidy link-up play, it means that the Palace box is being left empty. He goes for the spectacular this time with a half-volley from 35 yards, but a deflection on the route through results in a corner.
33' Rojo, who was fantastic against Spurs on Sunday, has been a little dodgy in this opening half for United, with his decision-making not always promising. On this occasion, the Argentina international needlessly gives away a free-kick deep down the right wing after clattering into Zaha, who was going nowhere.
31' Much, much better from Palace this time as we get our first positive glimpse of Zaha. The former United man attempts to take on Bailly with some dazzling touches, only to send a cross into the box which is eventually cleared by Blind at the front post. The Selhurst Park faithful are starting to let their voices be heard now.
29' Delaney and Dann haven't been great on the ball in the past couple of minutes and have only served to heap pressure on themselves with poor passes into midfield. Pogba latches on to the latest misplaced ball, but the Frenchman's attempted through-ball for Ibrahimovic ends up going all the way to Hennessey.
27' The vistors are given a bit of a let-off as, just when Palace are beginning to maintain some attacking threat going forward with some speculative crosses into the box, the referee whistles for a weak foul by Benteke on Carrick. There wasn't too much in that collision.
25' Another good sustained period of possession from United but it is coming without much penetration into dangerous area. Blind and Bailly are starting to get more involved with overlapping runs from the flanks to get crosses in, but there is rarely more than one or two players waiting inside the box for them.
23' Herrera holds his position down the right wing and waits for the perfect moment to thread a lovely little pass in between the full-back for Bailly, who drives to the byline before reversing a teasing cross into the centre of the box. Rooney is poised for the strike on goal, but Cabaye does brilliantly to get back and make the vital interception.
21' We are just approaching the midway point of the first half and Mourinho will be fairly content with United's performance so far. However, the Portuguese spoke this week about a big need for a lot more goals in the side, but as of yet the floodgates have not opened in the Palace goal.
19' A small break in play here as Bailly, who has only came back on to the pitch a few minutes, goes down in a heap after a really poor, high tackle from Lee. He was just caught on the top of the knee by the Palace winger, but the referee fails to brandish the yellow card.
17' Rooney shows an impressive turn of speed in the centre of the pitch to turn and pass into the feet of Ibrahimovic again. The former PSG striker attempts to return the favour with a dinked cross to meet the onrushing run of the United captain, but the retreating Dann just does enough to usher a header back to his goalkeeper.
15' United have been dominant in these early stages but one thing they definitely lack tonight is pace. With Mkhitaryan and Martial not in the team tonight, Rooney and Mata have been deployed on the wings which means more of the play is coming inside rather than towards the Palace defence with pace.
13' Good news for United as it looks like Bailly is okay to continue after appearing to shake off that injury. Meanwhile, in the final third for the visitors Pogba has his first shot on goal with a signature long-range strike, but it just doesn't dip in time in order to give Hennessey a problem between the sticks.
11' Palace aren't really built to sustain possession to a high degree as, apart from Cabaye, their midfielders are dogged rather than pass specialists. It hasn't proved to be a good decision from Pardew as of yet as the hosts are looking desperately slack whenever they receive the ball, which is a rarity all in itself.
9' Rooney picks up the ball in his favourite position just behind the striker and turns sharply before laying a pass into the feet of Ibrahimovic. However, the big Swede ends up conceding possession on the edge of the box after his attemped strike on goal is blocked by a combination of Dann and Delaney.
7' Some worrying scenes for Mourinho and United at the moment as Bailly, who has only just returned to action after being out with injury, goes down with nobody really near him a few yards in from the right touchline. The defender just landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge and is struggling, but as Darmian begins to get stripped off in the dugout he gets back to his feet. A situation to keep an eye on.
5' Rooney, who is aiming to match Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record this evening on his return to the starting XI tonight, manages to get ahead of his marker at the front post to glance a header at goal following a cross from Mata. However, the attempt goes over the bar on this occasion.
3' United are looking good in these early stages and have already established their dominance over possession in the middle of the park through Carrick and Herrera. The home side aren't going to see as much of the ball as their opponents tonight, so the presence of Benteke up top to receive high balls will be important.
1' We are under way at Selhurst Park!
The players are making their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
United subs: Romero, Darmian, Fellaini, Lingard, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rashford.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Rooney; Ibrahimovic.
Palace subs: Speroni, Fryers, Ledley, Husin, Townsend, Wan-Bissaka, Campbell.
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Flamini, Cabaye, McArthur; Lee, Zaha, Benteke.
The last match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United took place in May of this year in the FA Cup Final. On that special occasion in Wembley, Jesse Lingard broke the hearts of Eagles fans with a rasper of a strike from 25 yards out in extra-time to send the famous trophy back to Manchester with a 2-1 victory for Louis van Gaal's outfit.
The historical stats from this fixture don't make particularly good reading for Palace fans. United have played the London side 14 times in the Premier League and have never tasted defeat, winning 11 out of those fixtures. With the other three games ending in draws, it means that Palace have actually never defeated the Red Devils in this competition.
Palace, meanwhile, are embroiled in a relegation battle in the Premier League and are just three points clear of the dropzone at the moment. Alan Pardew's men have enjoyed a very slight upturn in form recently, though, as they have claimed four points out of the last six available in a win against Southampton and a draw against Hull.
That particular win against Spurs was actually United's first win in Manchester since all the way back in September, so the Red Devils will be eager to string together a run of form both home and away in order to assault the Champions League positions over the New Year. They are currently six points adrift of Manchester City in fourth.
Your midweek is about to be brightened up, ladies and gentleman, as the busy Christmas period kicks into gear with a full round of Premier League fixtures over Tuesday and Wednesday. Tonight's fixture sees Jose Mourinho's charges attempt to make it two league wins on the bounce after their narrow victory against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the English Premier League encounter between Crystal Palace and Manchester United from Selhurst Park.


David de Gea
J. Ward
E. Bailly
P. Jones
M. Flamini
M. Rojo
P. Pogba
S. Dann
Y. Cabaye
Z. Ibrahimović
W. Rooney
W. Zaha
W. Hennessey
Lee Chung-Yong
M. Carrick
D. Blind
C. Benteke
J. McArthur
Ander Herrera
D. Delaney
M. Kelly

Additional info

C. Pawson
S. Long
Fourth official
S. Attwell


Match Stats

Crystal Palace Manchester United
25 Attacks (Dangerous) 41
1 Corners 8
16 Fouls 10
11 Free Kicks 16
12 Goal Kicks 6
0 Offsides 1
0 Shots (blocked) 3
3 Shots (off target) 8
3 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
15 Throw Ins 19

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Selhurst Park

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