Van Persie and Rooney secure result for Manchester United

Robin van Persie & Wayne helped Manchester United beat Crystal Palace and give manager David Moyes his first Premier League victory at Old Trafford in his 13th game there as a manager.

Van Persie slotted a penalty in the 45th-minute. The spot-kick was given after Kagisho Dikgacoi fouled Ashley Young.By no means was it a stone wall penalty but with Dikgacoi getting red carded it was always going to be a huge battle in the second half for Palace.Palace fans felt  the offence took place outside the area.

Marouane Fellaini came on after 62 minutes to make his United bow before Wayne Rooney scored from a free-kick in the 81st minute.

With 19 shots on goal and depending on two spot kicks it was not a super performance by Manchester United.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway on BT Sport: “My opinion doesn’t count because the result is the result and I have just got to deal with it.

“I literally can’t afford it so I can’t say a word [about the penalty and sending off] and let everyone else judge it. He [the referee] has a difficult job to do though especially at Old Trafford which such a noisy partisan crowd.

“I am very disappointed we lost the game but not in the manner in which we lost it or the way my players behaved and conducted themselves.”

Manchester United manager David Moyes speaking to BT Sport: “I thought we played well but I thought we needed to score a few more goals with the build up play we managed.”

On Wayne Rooney: “He tired a bit in the second half but I thought he was great in everything that he did. I wanted him to get 90 minutes under his belt which is important with the busy week we have coming up.”

Starting Teams

Manchester United: De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Van Persie. SUBS Amos, Evans, Chicharito, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini, Januzaj

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Campana, Digkacoi, Puncheon, Jedinak, Gayle, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney,

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