Ibrahimovic late strike seals Man United win over Palace

Ibrahimovic late strike seals Man United win over Palace

Ibrahimovic late strike seals Man United win over Palace

In the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half, Palace was punished by its inability to defend a set-piece but the hosts had legitimate grievances on two counts.

The Swedish striker latched on to a neat through pass from Paul Pogba to seal victory for United, adding to a controversial goal from Pogba just before halftime in which Ibrahimovic appeared to handle the ball.

The result leaves United sixth, three points behind Tottenham and six back from local rivals Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying berth.

Koeman has of course worked with Schneiderlin during his time at Southampton, where the midfielder's commanding performances in the middle of the park attracted Manchester United's interest in the first-place.

The world's most expensive player was left with a simple finish from close range after Ibrahimovic used his chest to guide a free-kick into the path of the former Juventus star.

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"I didn't discuss Danny Rose's tackle or David Luiz's tackle, so I don't want to discuss Marcos Rojo's tackle", Mourinho said to BT Sport.

Alan Pardew's men posed little threat for most of the game but they were back on level terms on 66 minutes when James McArthur finished off after a brilliant assist from Damien Delaney.

The visitors threatened to respond immediately, but fortune conspired against them. Wayne Hennessey continues to start in goal.

Juan Mata then had a goal ruled out for offside and United had a big penalty shout turned down when the ball hit Joe Ledley's arm.

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