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Marcus Rashford 8, Mason Greenwood 5; Wilfried Zaha 7: Crystal Palace v Manchester United player ratings

United grind out important victory against lively Eagles

Manchester United kept up their chase for a Champions League qualification spot after goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial sealed a 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

With two games remaining, United are in fifth place on 62 points, behind Leicester City on goal difference, with third-placed Chelsea on 63.

After West Ham visit Old Trafford on Wednesday, United go to Leicester on the final day of the season in what could be a decider for fourth place.

"We need to smile and go into this, we have earned this right, no-one thought in January that we would be in with a shout for top four," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose team are 19 unbeaten in all competitions.

"We have done fantastic since the restart. These are the games that matter. That is the thing at Manchester United, you have to step up and show your personality."

Rashford opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time before Martial wrapped up the win with 12 minutes left in south London.

Palace pushed the visitors hard and would have been left frustrated after Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty by the video assistant referee, while Jordan Ayew also had a goal disallowed for offside.

Updated: July 17, 2020 02:24 AM

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