Darmian Matteo sinks Limping Crystal Palace


Darmian celebrates the second goal. Image/Getty Images

Manchester united has piled more pressure on Arsenal as both teams race to finish the league in the top four after United won 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

United goals came after Damien Delaney scored an own goal following a cracking effort from Matteo Darmian in a game that Palace didn’t register a single shot on target.

Matteo latched onto a nice flick from Marcus Rashford down the left and fizzed a cross into the middle, but Delaney turned it into a good one as he clumsily turned the ball into his own net with his right foot.

The own goal changed everything as Palace lost the rhythm with United taking full charge and controlling the whole game with an ease. The pressure kept increasing for Crystal Palace as Martial was denied a goal on 23 minutes by a save from Speroni

Delaney nearly doubled his tally of own goals for the night on 32 minutes as he accidentally turned a Martial cross towards his own net but his blushes were spared as the ball drifted the wrong side of the post.

Darmian came on again in 56th minute to deepen the cut on Palace’s limping game when he controlled poorly cleared corner kick, and rocketed a thunderous half-volley into the net via the far post, scoring his first United goal in spectacular fashion.

Rooney was searching for his 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford for Manchester United and the closest he came to getting it was on the hour mark but his side-footed effort from 20 yards was blocked away by Pape Souare two yards from his goal-line.

Speroni saved a Rashford effort just before the striker was substituted to a standing ovation on 63 minutes as United saw the game out very comfortably.

By Gabriel Munyoki