Zlatan scored a late dramatic winner last night to save Mourinho’s blushes, as Crystal Palace looked set to take a draw against the Red Devils, until the giant striker managed to beat Palace’s keeper to snatch the 3 points, keeping the Red Devils close to the CL qualifying spot as the end-of-year fixtures pile up.
Pogba, Rooney and Zlatan all had chances in the first half, but the first half’s added time was eventually required to see the French midfielder find the net. Zlatan provided the assist with his chest (with a slight hint of handball in the process of controlling the ball), and Pogba was left with a simple finish to take United 0-1 at half time.
Seven minutes into the second half, and United suffered their first setback,losing Bailly to the same injured knee which kept him out for some time, this time it looks like he aggravated the injury. McArthur tested De Gea for the first time just after the hour mark, forcing the keeper to produce a fine save, but the latter was left helpless on the 66th minute, when the same McArthur concluded a brilliantly led action from both Ward and Delaney. United tried to muster a response, but Rooney saw his shot saved, , followed by a flagrant penalty for handball not given on the subsequent corner kick, then Mata having a goal harshly ruled out for an offside position. It looked like the Red Devils would concede another draw, but Pogba and Zlatan combined once again in the closing minutes, and the Swede managed to score from a tight angle to send his teammates and Mourinho in ecstasy as the Red Devils claimed a vital win.