Manchester United and Crystal Palace have reached half-time in a game which has severe implications in the race for the top-four.
After seeing rivals Chelsea and Leicester City win their latest games against Norwich City and Sheffield United respectively all the pressure is on the Reds to grab all three points this evening.
The first-half has been far from a sporting spectacle with United starting much the slower of the two sides.
Crystal Palace who obviously took notes from Southampton’s performance on Monday came flying out of the blocks and looked to press the Reds intensely.
Palace winger Wilfred Zaha came closest to opening the scoring after just five minutes when he got the better of ex-Eagles defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and fired a shot on goal which forced David De Gea into action.
It wasn’t until around the 35 minute mark that United finally started to grow into the game with increasing joy coming down the right hand side.
United attacker Marcus Rashford opened the scoring just shy of the half-time break after some decent link-up play in the box with team-mate Bruno Fernandes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to regroup his side and inspire a better second-half display despite narrowly leading the game 1-0.
Fans have taken to their social media to express their concerns and relief after their side’s lacklustre first-half display.
— Ben (@BenHuntley2000) July 16, 2020
United might look a little flat and lethargic tonight, but De Gea doesn’t. DAVE SAVES! #MUFC
— Gora Antikrish (@Antikrish) July 16, 2020
We quicken the tempo for once and we score. Palace are shit. Go for the kill ffs.#MUFC
— Anwaar ul Mujtaba (@AnwaarMujtaba) July 16, 2020
RASHERS!!!! What a fantastic finish!! What incredible team play in the build up to the goal Bruno the magician again! I was saying we needed to get our goal before HT n get in we delivered! First truly high tempo move n we get our rewards that’s the way! #MUFC #GGMU
— Claire Williams (@Clairadactel) July 16, 2020
Finally!!!! 1-0 Rashford 45+4 great composure to take that chance. Need to see more one touch football, faster moving forward in the second half. #MUFC
— John McPhail (@john_mcphail) July 16, 2020
— UtdXI🔴 (@Utd_XI) July 16, 2020
About time we scored, now click lads and get more goals. Great goal from Rashford too #MUFC
— Marty O’Bròlachan (@brolachan) July 16, 2020
— Anthony walker (@AntWalker01) July 16, 2020
— Shiven🔰 (@Shiven_MUFC) July 16, 2020