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Palace see Red

December 14 2016

James McArthur

James McArthur

Crystal Palace ran out 2-1 losers at home to Manchester United.

The Eagles will feel hard done by after a string of poor decisions by referee Mike Pawson, but were unable to overcome Jose Mourinho's United.

Marcos Rojo's two-footed lunge on Wilfried Zaha only yielded a yellow card, when it was clearly a sending-off offence.

Palace sat back and soaked up the Red Devils' pressure with Wayne Hennessey making two good saves to keep out Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba.

However, United went ahead in controversial fashion in first-half stoppage time a goal up through Pogba.

Juan Mata's free-kick appeared to be handled by Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the path of Pogba who looked offside before slotting into the net.

Joe Ledley came on for the second half and fired a shot just wide and James McArthur's goal-bound effort was superbly tipped away by David de Gea.

Palace were level on 66 minutes through McArthur, who poked home from close range after Damien Delaney's cheeky flick in the area.

Hennessey's diving save kept out Wayne Rooney's shot and United appealed for a hand ball offence by Ledley from the resulting corner that was turned away by ref Pawson.

Juan Mata's 'goal' was ruled out for offside and sub Jesse Lingard drew another excellent stop out of Hennessey.

As it looked like Palace had ground out a hard-fought point, Ibrahimovic collected Pogba's pass to net the winning goal two minutes from time.

Palace slip a place in the league table, with one win in nine games, and are just three points above the relegation zone.

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