Ibrahimovic late strike seals Man United win over Palace

Discussing United's form, Mourinho said that they would be "close to the top of the league" if they had not dropped so many points by drawing games which they had dominated.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists his team "deserved" their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, describing his players as "super-dominant" in the latter stages.

Paul Pogba's controversial goal on the stroke of half-time was cancelled out by James McArthur's composed finish, before Zlatan did it for United in the 88th minute with a customary quality victor.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Juan Mata floated a free kick delivery into the area in first-half stoppage time which Ibrahimovic flicked on to Pogba to break the deadlock from six yards. It was harsh on Palace, who had looked defensively sound until then.

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Christian Benteke starts as expected for Alan Pardew's side having netted eight times so far this term, while Wilfried Zaha faces his former club once more.

But the Red Devils claimed all three points when Zlatan Ibrahimovic latched on to Pogba's through-ball and fired home a sumptuous finish.

Joe Ledley, a halftime replacement for Mathieu Flamini, immediately came close to leveling. The first significant contribution from United goalkeeper David de Gea was a save at full stretch to turn McAthur's shot over. Replays, though, indicated that Ibrahimovic's hand helped the ball along and Pogba was in an offside position when he turned the ball past Hennessey.

Ibrahimovic's late intervention ensured United left south London relieved rather than furious.

  • Regina Holmes