Crystal Palace denied penalty vs Manchester United - then VAR rules out Jordan Ayew's goal

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It’s fair to say VAR was kind to Manchester United on Thursday night.

At Selhurst Park, United face Crystal Palace in a massive match for their top-four hopes.

After a drab first 45 minutes, Palace thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Wilfried Zaha went down under the challenge of Victor Lindelof.

It looked a stonewall penalty at first.

The ball stayed in play while VAR checked it.

Two minutes later, United were ahead as Marcus Rashford picked up Bruno Fernandes’ pass, sat a few Crystal Palace defenders on their bum and finished.

Replays showed that Lindelof may just have touched the ball before making contact with Zaha.

If Palace were fuming then, they were even more fuming with VAR 10 minutes into the second half.

Zaha’s cross-cum-shot was finished by Jordan Ayew at the back post.

However, replays showed that he was very, very marginally offside.

How close can you get!?

United can consider themselves very fortunate indeed…

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side won't care too much about that.

They carried on and Anthony Martial was soon putting them 2-0 ahead as they took another step to Champions League qualification. 

Rashford's brilliant work was finished off by his strike partner to seal a very important three points for the Red Devils.

Following Leicester's 2-0 win against Sheffield United earlier in the day, United knew that nothing less than a win against Palace was good enough. Three points would see them draw back level on points with Leicester, who currently occupy fourth spot. That's with two fixtures remaining. 

United face West Ham at home next Wednesday before United and Leicester face each other on the final day of the campaign. What a match that is set to be.

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