Manchester United kept the pressure on Leicester City and Chelsea in the race for a top four finish with a stunning 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. The Red Devils saw Marcus Rashford open the scoring line in the first-half stoppage time before Anthony Martial wrapped up the win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side with 12 minutes left in South London. United are now back level on points with Leicester and a point behind Chelsea before facing the Blues in an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Crystal Palace, however, pushed the visitors hard at the Selhurst Park and would have been left frustrated after Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty by the video assistant referee, while Jordan Ayew also had a goal disallowed for offside. Palace wanted a penalty a minute before half-time when Zaha tangled with Victor Lindelof after a superb run.
Officiating referee Graham Scott waved away Palace penalty appeals while VAR’s Simon Hooper adjudged the Swede to have got a touch on the ball and the host were left even more frustrated when United opened the scoring in the first minute of stoppage time. If you’ve been looking for the best payout online casinos, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our high payout casinos so that you can begin winning big.
Fernandes and Martial combined before the former found Rashford, who coolly cut back to get away from Patrick Van Aanholt and calmly slotted past Vicente Guaita to make it two in two after his strike against Southampton.
Palace get to test De Gea from a free-kick courtesy of their captain Luka Milivojevic at the end of the half and 10 minutes into the second period the hosts thought they had levelled. A stray pass from Fernandes allowed the south Londoners to win back possession. Zaha was found on the left and worked a yard of space against former team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka and picked out Ayew at the back post. The Ghanaian slide home to cue celebrations, however, they were cut short after VAR decided the forward was offside by the finest of margins.
Rashford missed the chance to make it 2-0 for Man United in the 62nd minute when he fired straight at Guaita before Solskjaer introduced Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard. A second goal was forthcoming in the 78th minute and it went to United as Martial made the three points safe.
Thanks to his pace, Rashford spun away from several opponents by the halfway line and was able to lay a pass into the path of Martial, who drilled into the corner for his 22nd of the season. Van Aanholt suffered an injury in the aftermath of the goal and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher which forced to be 11 minutes of stoppage time, but there was no way back for Palace to return into the game and they suffered a sixth straight defeat.
Elsewhere St Mary’s, Danny Ings struck his 20th Premier League goal of the season for Southampton as the Saints fought back to secure a 1-1 draw which almost certainly guarantees safety for Brighton. The Seagulls, however, who moved six points clear of the relegation zone with only two fixtures remaining, led courtesy of Neal Maupay’s first-half strike.
But in-form Ings calmly rolled home in the 66th minute to deservedly prevent Saints slipping to a club-record 11th home league defeat of a tumultuous campaign.
The Red Devils returns back to action on Sunday evening where they play host to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side at the Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup. While predictions are yet to be fully updated, online casino usa are taking bet365’s 15/4 for the Man United to win and BTTS as our top Man Utd vs Chelsea predictions.
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