Man Utd player ratings gallery - Three score 8/10 and four get 7/10 in 2-1 win vs Crystal Palace
Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford saw Manchester United grab three points despite Casemiro’s red card.
Manchester United held on for a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday as they returned to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Red Devils had looked comfortable midway through the second period, with goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford seeming to have wrapped up the three points. But a red card for Casemiro changed the landscape of the game and led to a Palace fightback, one which ultimately proved unsuccessful.
United took the lead after just seven minutes at Old Trafford, with Fernandes nonchalantly knocking the ball into the bottom corner of the goal from the penalty spot. The Red Devils were awarded the spot-kick after Rashford’s cross struck the arm of Will Hughes inside the box, with referee Andre Marriner giving the penalty after consulting the VAR pitchside monitor.
Buoyed by the early goal, the hosts dominated the first half and Vicente Guita was forced into saves to deny a Wout Weghorst header, Marcus Rashford’s near-post effort and a rare right-footed attempt from Antony.
On 36 minutes, Fred went close when his instinctive shot from a Weghorst cross hit the side netting, while Rashford curled over from the corner of the area soon after. But the final shot of the first half came via Jeffrey Schlupp, who forced David de Gea into a save, the only time the goalkeeper was tested in the opening 45 minutes.
United began the second period in a similar manner, and Rashford shot over at the start of the half before making it 2-0 on 63 minutes. The forward capitalised on some casual Palace defending and had a simple finish inside the six-yard box from a fizzed Luke Shaw cross.
But the game changed on 69 minutes when Casemiro was shown a straight red card for grabbing Hughes by the throat following a melee near the touchline. Immediately Palace had more impetus, with Odsonne Edouard shooting wide and Marc Guehi seeing his header saved by De Gea when he should really have scored.
Yet from the resultant corner Palace found the back of the net after Cheick Doucoure’s initial shot, which was heading wide, was flicked in by Schlupp inside the box. Palace continued to push for an equaliser into the latter stages of the game, with Jean-Phillippe Mateta’s header their closest attempt as United were forced to stoically defend.
The fourth official’s announcement of seven added-on minutes led to a tense end at Old Trafford, but Palace were unable to create any meaningful chances as Erik ten Hag’s men limited the space for the opposition to play in. Here’s how we rated the players...