Manchester United kept up their chase for a Champions League qualification spot with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on target in a 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Thursday.
United, with two games remaining are in fifth place on 62 points, behind Leicester City on goal difference with third-placed Chelsea on 63.
United visit Leicester on the final day of the season.
Rashford put United in front on the stroke of halftime, his smart footwork sending the Palace defence the wrong way before he coolly slotted home.
Mid-table Palace thought they had drawn level in the 55th minute when Jordan Ayew slid in a low cross from Wilfried Zaha but the goal was ruled out for the tightest of offsides after a VAR review.
This means seven goals which were originally awarded against United have been overturned by VAR this season, the joint-most of any side in the Premier League (alongside Southampton and Brighton).
Zaha also was left frustrated when he had a legitimate penalty claim waved away in the first half; when colliding with Victor Lindelof – a decision that drew criticism from Palace chairman Steve Parish on social media.
— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) July 16, 2020
However, United made sure of victory; vital after Leicester’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions.
Man of the match: Bruno Fernandes
It is quickly becoming a case of, ‘when Fernandes plays well, United play well’. Although, he was almost non-existent for the opening half an hour; and his team struggled to find their tempo and rhythm. But when he started getting on the ball; Rashford and Martial began to find space and Palace retreated deeper. He played a huge role in both goals
His positive play is infectious and it is taking United to the next level.