A lackluster Manchester United required a fortuitous penalty converted by Robin van Persie and a late free kick by Wayne Rooney to overcome 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
United manager David Moyes earned his first victory at Old Trafford but only after Palace had Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off for a 43rd-minute foul on Ashley Young that proved to be the turning point in the match.
Van Persie slotted home the resulting penalty, even though the foul was committed outside the box, and Rooney - wearing a thick, black headband to cover a deep gash to his forehead - completed an uninspiring win in the 81st minute.
After a draw with Chelsea and defeat at Liverpool, the result at least got United back to winning ways after making its worst start to the season in five years. The introduction of Marouane Fellaini - a deadline-day signing from Everton - for his debut as a second-half substitute was also a welcome sight for the home fans, but there was little else t...