A late goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped United to back-to-back wins for the first time since August.
In the 88th minute, he ran into a Paul Pogba pass, before slotting it past Wayne Hennessey. There were a few chances for both teams in The first half. Wayne Rooney, still chasing Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record, had a shot saved. Pogba missed a header and Christian Benteke also missed a header for Palace. Craig Lawson had a tough night and gave quite a few bad decisions which affected The game severely. The first contentious decision was for United’s goal on The stroke of half time. From a cross, Ibrahimovic chested it to Pogba who scored. But, Palace strongly believed he handballed it and that Pogba was offside.
During the first half, Palace had been passive, but in the 66th minute, James McArthur’s strike from Damian Delaney’s flick seemed to have rescued a Pointe for them. Straight after the goal, Rooney, had a long shot saved by Hennessey. Craig Pawson’s night got even tougher when Joe Lesley clearly handballed it, but Lawson waved away claims by the United players. Also, Juan Mata’s shot was ruled out for offside, when the replays clearly showed that he was onside.
When Palace thought they had secured a point, Pogba perfectly timed through ball was finished off by Ibrahimovic from an acute angle. They’re both starting to appear to be on the same wavelength. Ibrahimovic now has five goals In his last five game, so any doubt about his goalscoring ability has been put aside for now. The performances have been very good recently, all they have to do is to keep on winning and to keep in touch with the top four.
Next up for United are West Brom away on Saturday, the 17th of December at 17:30. Hopefully they can carry on their winning form.