Manchester United ended a three-match Premier League winless run as goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney condemned Crystal Palace to defeat.

Rooney had a first-half cross cleared off the line by Damien Delaney before Marouane Fellaini shot wide.

Rooney is top of the tree - Moyes

Van Persie slotted home his fourth goal in five games from the penalty spot after Patrice Evra was fouled by Palace striker Marouane Chamakh.

And Rooney doubled the lead with a shot into the top corner from 12 yards.

The England international, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract worth up to £300,000 per week on Friday, had gone five games without a Premier League goal or an assist.

But the 28-year-old, who looked to have something thrown at him by a Palace fan when taking a corner in the first half, showed why United were so keen to secure his future at Old Trafford with a stunning goal.

David Moyes's men travel to Greek side Olympiakos on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, knowing that competition is their last realistic chance of winning a trophy this season.

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But Saturday's win moved them up to sixth in the Premier League, just eight points off the top four and Champions League qualification for next season.

Just two wins and two draws in seven league games in 2014 had left them 11 points adrift of fourth and hoping all of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton will falter.

Fit-again £27.5m summer signing Fellaini had an early impact on his first start since early December and could have given his side the lead had he connected better with a half-chance inside the penalty area.

Adnan Januzaj, making his first start since early January, was also looking a danger and had a goal disallowed after controlling a cross with his arm before drilling low into the net.

But Palace, who gave last season's top-scorer Glenn Murray a first start for nine months, are a different proposition under Tony Pulis, who has guided the Eagles off the bottom of the Premier League with 19 points won since he took charge in late November.

Carrick control

Michael Carrick, making his 400th Premier League appearance, completed 135 passes against Crystal Palace, more than any other player in a single PL game this season.

Their defence was looking organised and resolute under pressure, though Delaney had to head Rooney's chipped cross off the line before Nemanja Vidic headed the rebound over.

For all United's possession, there was a lack of cutting edge and pace, but they should have been ahead when Fellaini shot well wide from close range just before the break.

He was let off after the restart as a rash challenge from Chamakh gave United the break they needed, with Evra upended just inside the penalty area as he ran onto Januzaj's pass. Van Persie coolly dispatched the penalty.

Cameron Jerome had a low shot saved by David De Gea before Rooney doubled United's lead, crashing a 12-yard strike into the top corner from Evra's cross from the left to leave Palace two points above the relegation zone.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United: Tony Pulis rues penalty

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis:

" Marouane Chamakh has done fantastic since I have come here. Today he was not as great in possession of the ball, he was sloppy at times, but the challenge for their penalty, he is totally committed and he has mis-timed it. It is a penalty.

"Wayne Rooney's goal is a great finish but we work very hard on picking up and one or two of the lads were on the goal line but not picking players up. Players score goals.

"I am disappointed with the second goal as much as the first. When they got the penalty that was our best period.

"The penalty was really a kick in the teeth. No excuses at all though."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 04 Parr
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 06 Dann
  • 27 Delaney
  • 11 Ince (Gayle - 85' )
  • 28 Ledley
  • 17 Murray (Jerome - 66' )
  • 29 Chamakh (Bolasie - 74' )
  • 13 Puncheon

Substitutes

  • 07 Bolasie
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 16 Gayle
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 26 Hennessey
  • 30 Jerome
  • 46 Bannan

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 12 Smalling
  • 03 Evra
  • 31 Fellaini (Fletcher - 88' )
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic Booked
  • 08 Mata
  • 16 Carrick
  • 20 van Persie (Antonio Valencia - 80' )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 44 Januzaj (Giggs - 80' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 11 Giggs
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 18 Young
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 25 Antonio Valencia
  • 26 Kagawa
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 24,571

Match Stats

Shots

15 14

On target

6 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 2.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 2.

90:00 +2:03

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:03

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

90:00 +1:09

Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:29

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Mile Jedinak with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:13 Booking

Booking Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Ryan Giggs (Manchester United).

90:00 +0:11

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Darren Fletcher replaces Marouane Fellaini.

86:51

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

84:44

Attempt saved. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

84:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Thomas Ince.

80:08

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Parr.

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ryan Giggs replaces Adnan Januzaj.

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Luis Antonio Valencia replaces Robin van Persie.

79:12

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

78:29

Attempt saved. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie.

77:03

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie replaces Marouane Chamakh.

73:28

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

72:33

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

70:52

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

70:01

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj following a fast break.

69:31

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross.

67:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 2. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

66:31

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:31

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

66:25

Attempt saved. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

65:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Cameron Jerome replaces Glenn Murray.

65:03

Attempt saved. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

62:38

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:38

Foul by Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace).

61:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 1. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

61:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:54

Delay in match Patrice Evra (Manchester United) because of an injury.

60:02

Penalty Manchester United. Patrice Evra draws a foul in the penalty area.

60:02

Penalty conceded by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

58:31

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

58:09 Booking

Booking Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:59

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

57:59

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:45

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:45

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

54:35

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:35

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

52:49

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

52:49

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:44

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

51:41

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:41

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

50:22

Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

48:59

Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass.

48:24

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

47:43

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by David de Gea.

47:14

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

45:59

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

45:33

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

45:33

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

44:19

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:19

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

42:51

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

42:15

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:15

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

41:39

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

40:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:21

Delay in match Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

38:57

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

35:36

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:36

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

34:36

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

33:15

Attempt saved. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

32:15

Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

29:02

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Scott Dann.

29:01

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

28:05

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh with a headed pass.

27:30

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by David de Gea.

26:36

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

26:36

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:53

Attempt missed. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

25:01

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

24:06

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:06

Foul by Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).

22:42

Offside, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini tries a through ball, but Patrice Evra is caught offside.

22:10

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

19:17

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

19:17

Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:17

Attempt blocked. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

17:28

Offside, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

16:42

Hand ball by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

13:02

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

13:02

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:35

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

6:48

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robin van Persie.

3:39

Attempt blocked. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

1:50

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

1:49

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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