Manchester United made that as difficult as possible. Today was always going to be a tough game away to Crystal Palace but Man United made it unnecessarily difficult by creating a lot of their own problems.
A relatively early goal gave United control of the game but instead of building on it, they went backwards.
Palace pressured United incessantly throughout the second but Marouane Fellaini made the most of a mistake by Julian Speroni and gave United the lead.
What followed was a nervous, arse twitching end to the game where United hung on but that’s exactly what they did. Three points secured.
Injuries, injuries, injuries. There was a period where Manchester United had a great run of games without getting many new injuries and then managed to go on a six game consecutive winning streak. That’s now a thing of the past.
Thanks to today, United’s current injury list ahead of Arsenal looks like this: Rooney, Shaw, Carrick, Di Maria, Rafael and Van Persie (virus).
Welcome back United and your injury problems, we’ve missed you…
Deflections, deflections, deflections. Man United should sign deflections up, he’s prolific in front of goal against us.
In all seriousness, football is just as much about luck as it is about how good you play and having conceded two deflected free-kicks in the last two games, it’s fair to say luck isn’t on United’s side.
United are not doing themselves any favours with how poor they are playing but things are certainly going against them as well.
Bring on the end of the season. United have lost their panache now. Ever since the game away to Chelsea, the wind has been knocked out of their sails and today against Crystal Palace that was evident again.
Despite Rooney moving back up front an Blind coming back into midfield, United still had a distinct lack of shape and balance.
Six consecutive wins looked to have secured United a top four spot but they have been doing everything in their power to make it a nervous end to the season.
Come on Chelsea. Do the right thing and beat Liverpool tomorrow. United really have tried their utmost to make the top four race as nervy as possible ever since losing away to Chelsea but if they can win at Stamford Bridge, then United will have secured Champions League football for next season.