Robin van Persie's controversial penalty helped Manchester United beat 10-man Crystal Palace, giving new boss David Moyes a first home league win.

Van Persie slotted in a 45th-minute spot-kick after Kagisho Dikgacoi was adjudged to have fouled Ashley Young.

Dikgacoi was red-carded, with Palace unhappy at the decision and arguing the offence took place outside the area.

Man Utd 'should have scored more'

Marouane Fellaini came on after 62 minutes to make his United debut before Wayne Rooney scored from a free-kick.

Moyes will be relieved at the three points after one Premier League win from his opening three games, while he will also welcome the scoring return of Rooney ahead of a Champions League group match against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

However, on the whole, United struggled to break down their stubborn visitors - even when Palace were down to 10 men - in an unconvincing performance watched by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Eagles will be left aggrieved by a dubious penalty decision by referee Jon Moss which had such a big bearing on the match.

Palace manager Ian Holloway had to watch from the stands as he served the first match of a two-game ban, but his strategy was to contain United and hope to catch them out on the counter-attack.

The game plan invited pressure, but the visitors slowly becalmed their hosts with a disciplined and organised rearguard.

Analysis

"Man Utd have given manager David Moyes a first league win at home but they needed a controversial Robin van Persie penalty and a late Wayne Rooney free-kick to do it. Palace were spirited and resilient as they were forced to play with 10 men for just over half the match. The penalty decision looked harsh and contact appeared to be just outside the area."

United had not scored in their previous two league games and, apart from having a long-range Michael Carrick shot saved, they were being frustrated by Palace.

The Old Trafford side also had two penalty shouts turned down, with the first waved away after Patrice Evra went down following a Mile Jedinak challenge.

Young also went to ground following a Dikgacoi tackle but the United winger was booked for diving instead of being awarded a spot-kick.

As the first half drew to a close, there was a flurry of activity. Van Persie's near-post flick from a low Evra cross went wide before the Dutch striker beautifully controlled a floated Rooney ball and volleyed against the crossbar.

At the other end, Palace forward Dwight Gayle excellently controlled a cross and went past centre-back Rio Ferdinand only to dink his shot wide of onrushing keeper David De Gea.

Then came the main moment of contention in the match as Jedinak gave the ball away to Young, who was clean through on goal before going down as Dikgacoi came across to block him.

The referee pointed to the spot and sent off the Palace midfielder before Van Persie sent keeper Julian Speroni the wrong way from the spot.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says his opinion "doesn't count"

Palace felt wronged by the decision but regrouped and continued to show resilience to limit the damage, although the minor goal threat they had carried was blunted by the sending off.

United were doing all the attacking and went close when a Young shot was parried by Speroni, who then pushed away a well-struck Fellaini half-volley.

The Old Trafford side did eventually extend their lead when Rooney curled in a 25-yard free-kick as United extended a run of nearly 12 years unbeaten on home soil against newly promoted teams.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway:

"My opinion doesn't count because the rules are the rules. I just have to deal with it and would rather talk about that and the team and the pride I feel.

"The referee has a difficult job to do and, with a crowd like that that, I wouldn't like to do it.

"I am disappointed in the fact we lost but not in the manner we lost it, behaved and applied ourselves. It was as good a performance with 10 men as I have seen for a long time. Hopefully we can gain some solace from that.

"We relaxed and looked like we came of age. We were much, much better in the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Man Utd

  • 01 De Gea
  • 03 Evra
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic
  • 22 Fabio
  • 08 Anderson (Fellaini - 62' )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 16 Carrick
  • 18 Young Booked (Januzaj - 67' )
  • 25 Valencia
  • 20 Van Persie (Hernandez - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Amos
  • 06 Evans
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 29 Zaha
  • 31 Fellaini
  • 44 Januzaj
  • 14 Hernandez

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 21 Moxey Booked
  • 27 Delaney
  • 06 Campana (Guedioura - 59' )
  • 08 Dikgacoi Dismissed
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 13 Puncheon
  • 16 Gayle (Jerome - 64' )
  • 29 Chamakh Booked (Kebe - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 28 Kebe
  • 31 Guedioura
  • 46 Bannan
  • 09 Phillips
  • 30 Jerome
Ref: Moss
Att: 75,170

Match Stats

Shots

19 4

On target

7 0

Corners

10 1

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:58

Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:53

Javier Hernandez crosses the ball.

90:00 +3:23

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:12

Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

90:00 +2:52

Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:40

Damien Delaney takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

90:00 +1:37

Corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:56

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

90:00 +0:35

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:33

Adnan Januzaj sends in a cross.

89:50

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

89:33

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

89:18

Centre by Antonio Valencia.

89:00

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

88:42

Javier Hernandez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Julian Speroni blocks the ball.

84:56

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

82:48

Shot by Adnan Januzaj went wide right of the post.

82:13

Patrice Evra takes a weak shot and missed to the left of the net.

82:13

Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

82:09

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

81:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adrian Mariappa on Adnan Januzaj.

80:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Wayne Rooney - Man Utd 2 - 0 C Palace Wayne Rooney hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace.

79:33

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adnan Januzaj.

79:07

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

78:13 Substitution

Substitution Javier Hernandez on for Robin van Persie.

77:43

Adlene Guedioura makes a clearance.

77:40

Robin van Persie delivers the ball.

77:31

Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

77:28

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

77:09

Clearance made by Dean Moxey.

77:08

Centre by Antonio Valencia.

76:30

Adnan Januzaj takes a shot. Blocked by Mile Jedinak.

76:17

The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia.

75:39

Shot by Robin van Persie. Julian Speroni parries the effort to safety.

74:14 Substitution

Substitution Marouane Chamakh goes off and Jimmy Kebe comes on.

73:43

Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

73:39

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Danny Gabbidon gets a block in.

73:11

Clearance made by Damien Delaney.

73:09

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

73:08

Short corner worked by Adnan Januzaj.

72:49

Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.

72:49

The ball is sent over by Adnan Januzaj.

72:37

Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

72:34

The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva.

72:27

Marouane Fellaini restarts play with the free kick.

72:21

Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick.

70:00

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

69:58

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball.

68:50

Robin van Persie takes a fantastic shot and cleared the bar.

68:46

Corner taken short by Robin van Persie.

68:06

Mile Jedinak manages to make a clearance.

68:04

The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney.

67:42

Mile Jedinak makes a clearance.

67:39

Fabio Da Silva sends in a cross.

67:34

Marouane Chamakh makes a clearance.

67:31

Corner taken by Robin van Persie.

67:06

Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. A parry by Julian Speroni prevents the goal.

67:04

Adlene Guedioura makes a clearance.

67:02

Julian Speroni makes a clearance.

66:59

The ball is swung over by Adnan Januzaj.

66:34

Adlene Guedioura makes a clearance.

66:30

Corner taken by Wayne Rooney.

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Young goes off and Adnan Januzaj comes on.

65:39

Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.

65:38

The ball is swung over by Robin van Persie.

65:21

Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

64:44

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

64:38

Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.

64:32

Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Chamakh.

63:11 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Dwight Gayle.

61:45 Substitution

Substitution Marouane Fellaini replaces Oliveira Anderson.

61:16

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

60:13

Shot by Robin van Persie missed to the left of the net.

59:37

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

58:48

Clearance made by Fabio Da Silva.

58:47

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

58:42

Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

58:25 Substitution

Substitution Adlene Guedioura is brought on as a substitute for Jose Campana.

57:48

Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick.

56:46

Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Damien Delaney gets a block in.

55:50

Clearance made by Fabio Da Silva.

55:21

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

54:49

Ashley Young takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

54:27

Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.

54:12 Booking

Booking

54:12

Booking for Marouane Chamakh for unsporting behaviour.

53:58

Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic.

53:39

Free kick taken by Dean Moxey.

53:23

Unfair challenge on Dean Moxey by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick.

51:37

Shot by Dwight Gayle missed to the left of the net.

50:42

Danny Gabbidon takes the free kick.

50:25

Wayne Rooney is ruled offside.

50:19

Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

50:09

Jose Campana restarts play with the free kick.

50:03

Ashley Young challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49:39

Free kick taken by Jose Campana.

49:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Gayle by Oliveira Anderson.

48:50

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

48:32

Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.

48:28

Ashley Young has an effort at goal. Parried by Julian Speroni back into danger.

47:43

Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

47:28

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

46:53

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney.

46:06

Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

45:33

Unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick.

45:29

The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +2:03

Marouane Chamakh manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:00

Free kick crossed by Wayne Rooney.

45:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:40

Dean Moxey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:21

Foul by Dean Moxey on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded.

45:00 +0:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Man Utd 1 - 0 C Palace Robin van Persie scores a penalty. Man Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace.

43:54 Dismissal

Dismissal

43:54

Kagisho Dikgacoi is sent off.

43:21

Penalty awarded for a foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Ashley Young.

42:54

Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.

42:27

Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak.

41:29

Shot by Dwight Gayle missed to the right of the target.

40:39

Fabio Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

40:01

Ashley Young produces a cross.

39:42

Clearance made by Damien Delaney.

39:08

Dwight Gayle takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand post.

38:23

Robin van Persie takes a fantastic shot and bounced off the bar.

37:17

The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra.

36:42

Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

36:35

Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick.

35:49

Mile Jedinak takes the free kick.

35:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Kagisho Dikgacoi.

35:07

Robin van Persie takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

35:06

Patrice Evra crosses the ball.

33:42

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

32:07

Clearance made by Damien Delaney.

31:12

Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

30:53

The referee gives a free kick against Wayne Rooney for handball.

28:31

Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Julian Speroni catches the ball.

25:48

Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

25:45

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young.

25:05

Clearance made by Dean Moxey.

25:04

Antonio Valencia delivers the ball.

24:37

Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.

24:24

The referee gives a free kick against Marouane Chamakh for handball.

23:36

Ashley Young produces a cross.

23:26

Clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.

23:25

The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra.

22:36

Clearance made by Oliveira Anderson.

21:57

The official flags Patrice Evra offside.

21:27

Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.

21:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie.

21:02

Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

20:59

Centre by Ashley Young.

20:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young.

20:09

Clearance by Mile Jedinak.

19:50

Clearance by Jose Campana.

19:46

A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney.

19:18

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

19:16

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

18:39

Ashley Young is given a yellow card.

18:39 Booking

Booking

17:04

Clearance made by Danny Gabbidon.

17:02

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young.

16:48

Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.

16:40

Foul by Dwight Gayle on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded.

16:35

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

15:59

The official flags Wayne Rooney offside.

15:17

Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Damien Delaney results in a free kick.

14:16

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

13:41

Fabio Da Silva takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

13:14

Clearance made by Fabio Da Silva.

12:39

Corner taken by Ashley Young.

12:17

Clearance by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

12:16

Ashley Young delivers the ball.

11:52

Clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

10:26

Clearance by Marouane Chamakh.

10:23

Corner taken by Robin van Persie.

9:53

Jose Campana makes a clearance.

9:53

Wayne Rooney sends in a cross.

9:45

Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

7:56

Patrice Evra takes the free kick.

7:32

Adrian Mariappa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young.

7:22

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

7:18

Danny Gabbidon takes the free kick.

6:42

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Young.

5:43

Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

5:10

The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney.

4:49

David De Gea takes the free kick.

4:27

Foul by Dwight Gayle on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded.

3:08

Clearance made by David De Gea.

2:36

Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

2:30

Michael Carrick takes a fantastic shot. Julian Speroni parries the ball away.

2:15

Clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.

2:14

Corner taken by Robin van Persie.

1:51

Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

1:50

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.

0:28

The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva.

0:00

The game begins.

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