By Alan Duffy
Manchester United all but sealed a top-four finish after a hard-fought win at Selhurst Park.
Juan Mata opened the scoring on 19 minutes, courtesy of a penalty kick after Scott Dann had handled in the Palace box.
The first-half also saw both Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney forced off with injuries.
After the break, the Eagles improved and they were rewarded with a goal just before the hour-mark, after a Jason Puncheon free-kick was deflected past David De Gea.
The hosts were now on top but De Gea was in inspired form, making a number of fine saves.
Then, with just 12 minutes left, United bagged the winner, with Marouane Fellaini heading home after some appalling Palace defending.
De Gea then made another outstanding save, this time from Glenn Murray, as the Red Devils held on for the victory.
The Red Devils go seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, with a Champions League berth all but secured. Alan Pardew’s Palace stay 12th.
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