2015-16 Barclays Premier League

Full-time: West Ham 3-1 Watford

Full-time: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

  • Manchester United ease to their sixth consecutive home victory with a confident performance against their fellow FA Cup semi-finalists at Old Trafford
  • Damien Delaney gave the hosts an early lead courtesy of a comical own goal
  • Matteo Darmian doubled the advantage 10 minutes after half-time, volleying in off the post for his first goal in English football
  • Louis van Gaal's side trail fourth-place Arsenal by a point before the Gunners' clash with West Brom on Thursday
  • At Upton Park, Mark Noble notched a brace of penalties as West Ham beat Watford to keep their own top-four hopes alive
  • Andy Carroll boosted his faint Euro 2016 hopes with a sixth goal in as many games, while Troy Deeney missed from the spot
  • Sebastian Prodl netted a consolation for the visitors, who will be without Nordin Amrabat at Wembley after the Moroccan was sent off for two bookable offences
Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian scored his first goal for Manchester United with a wonderful second-half volley Getty

That is all for this live text, so thanks for joining us. Stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the latest reaction from tonight's games and check back tomorrow as my colleague Josh Evans brings you that meeting between Arsenal and West Brom at the Emirates.



Victory was simply never in doubt for United tonight and they close the gap on Arsenal in fourth to just a solitary point ahead of the Gunners' clash with West Brom on Thursday. Next up is out of sorts Everton at Wembley. The Toffees have hardly enjoyed the best preparation for that match after being thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool in the 226th Merseyside derby at Anfield.

As for Palace, they stay 16th and nine points clear of relegation danger. Pardew's troops clearly already had one eye fixed on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final meeting with Watford.



Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace


Herrera lashes over the crossbar after Valencia's searching cross is knocked down by Fellaini. His blushes are spared as the referee blows for a foul on the towering Belgian.


Three additional minutes to be played. Is there really any point?


Smalling has been hobbling a little bit here, but looks to have shaken off a little knock. Darmian winds up another long-range effort, but this time the Italian drags his shot wide of the post.


Back at Old Trafford, Fellaini has come on for Rooney and Memphis just curled an effort narrowly wide. Smalling takes the captain's armband for the final few minutes.

This game has merely become a glorified training exercise for United.



West Ham 3-1 Watford


A miserable night for Quique Sanchez Flores is compounded as Amrabat receives a second booking for bringing down Winston Reid. He will now miss Sunday's semi-final against Palace.


Red card: Nordin Amrabat (Watford)


Watford's penalty saga continues. This time they get one of their own as Angelo Ogbonna fouls Prodl, but Troy Deeney's low effort is saved by Adrian.


Pardew makes his final change, withdrawing Adebayor and throwing on Wickham. It's been a difficult night for the Togolese striker, who has had very little service to work with and has been pitted against a vastly improved centre-back in Smalling.


Mariappa takes matters into his own hands to ignore Speroni and deflect a dangerous cross behind. Smalling fails to make a proper connection with Martial's pass and Van Gaal replaces Lingard with Herrera.


Palace have offered virtually no attacking threat in this second half and once again Smalling eases possession away from Adebayor.


A hearty round of applause for Rashford, who makes way for Memphis. Pardew sends on McArthur in place of Cabaye.

Both of those substitutions no doubt made with this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals in mind.


How has that not gone in? Rashford is sent through by a good low pass from Valencia. He leaves Mariappa on his backside before unselfishly squaring for Lingard, whose shot is blocked by Speroni. Rashford then has a go himself from the rebound but the goalkeeper is there again to save.

Darmian has been booked for a push in the back on Zaha.


A first change of the evening for Pardew sees Lee replaced by Jordan Mutch.


De Gea looked to be moving rather gingerly following that earlier brush with Valencia. He seems OK to continue, however.

Looking for a third goal, Martial balloons high over the crossbar after impressive play from Lingard and Rooney.


Darmian has endured something of a difficult first season in English football since his move from Torino in July 2015. He deserves some acclaim here, though, shrugging off the weak challenge of Sako to volley in off the post after Delaney had looked to clear Mata's corner.

A stunning first goal for the club.

Matteo Darmian


Goal: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace (Matteo Darmian)


A slight mix-up between David de Gea and Valencia almost opens the door for Lee to run through on goal.

At the other end, Rashford goes down in a heap following a strong challenge from Mariappa and Mata's shot at the near post is deflected wide by Speroni.


A lifeline for Watford in east London as Austrian international Prodl beats Adrian with a fine left-footed volley.


Goal: West Ham 3-1 Watford (Sebastian Prodl)


The second half is underway at Old Trafford. United are immediately back on the front foot and almost notch another goal as Souare blocks a shot from Rooney, who was set up by Martial.