PL: Ten-man Manchester United hold on to beat Crystal Palace


Manchester United survived a late scare to record a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford added to an early Bruno Fernandes penalty to send the Red Devils two goals ahead just past the hour, but Casemiro was then sent off for the home side before Jeffrey Schlupp halved the deficit in the 76th minute, setting up a grandstand finish in Manchester.

Erik ten Hag’s side managed to navigate their way through the rest of the contest, which included seven additional minutes, to claim all three points, though, with the result moving them into third spot in the table above Newcastle United.

Man United were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of the contest when Will Hughes handled a Rashford cross inside box, and Fernandes stepped forward to send the home side into the lead, slotting the ball into the bottom corner, with Vicente Guaita guessing the wrong way.

The Red Devils came close to a second in the 13th minute when Wout Weghorst headed towards the top corner, but Guaita was on hand to make a smart save before Raphael Varane had a goal-bound strike blocked.Guaita was again called into action in the 27th minute to keep out a strike from Rashford, before the Palace goalkeeper denied Antony from distance.

Rashford again tried his luck in the 31st minute, firing over the crossbar from distance, before Fred just missed the post with a low strike after Weghorst had found his teammate with a low cross.

David de Gea had to make a smart save to keep out a powerful Schlupp strike in the 42nd minute, with Man United leading by one goal at the interval.

The first half-chance of the second half came for Man United in the 56th minute, with Rashford firing just over the Palace crossbar after working his way into the penalty box.

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