Mourinho praises his players after Manchester United chalk up vital Premier League win at Palace

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba proved their worth with a goal each to hand Manchester United a crucial three points as they enjoyed a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night.

Pogba scored just before half-time but James McArthur levelled for the Eagles soon into the second half — then Ibrahimovic secured the triumph with an 88th-minute winner.

There was some controversy surrounding Pogba’s opener because the ball appeared to touch the arm of Ibrahimovic arm.

And the Swedish striker, who has now scored eight goals in his last eight games, said:

“It could have hit my arm. I tried to push the ball forward to Paul because I saw he was free. I think it might have touched my hand a little bit and then maybe my stomach but I need to see the images to be sure.”

Manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his players after the Premier League victory, which keeps the Red Devils in sixth position in the top flight just three points behind Tottenham.

Now Mourinho must prepare his troops for another vital encounter when they travel to West Bromwich Albion for a Premier League clash on Saturday with a 5.30pm kick-off.

Of the win at Palace, the Portuguese coach said: “We deserved it, we were the best team, Palace had just a little reaction, but they had it and they scored a goal in that period.

“Then we had the best period in the game. In the first half we had control but in the last 20 minutes we were super dominant. We created a lot, had a big desire and we won deservedly in the end.”