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The Hunt for Champions League Place Continues Amid Empty Seats at Old Trafford

The empty red seats around Old Trafford told their own story. Manchester United may be on their way to Wembley.

Matteo Darmian (centre) celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal - and his first for the club - in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

They may still be in the fight for a Champions League place. But this was a night when a season of stupefying performances caught up with Louis van Gaal.

Rarely has the old place felt more subdued. Rarely have so many fans stayed away from a Premier League match that carried some meaning.

One, let’s not forget, that kept United in the hunt for a top-four finish and Van Gaal with hope of keeping his job beyond the summer.

This may have been a meaningless Wembley warm-up for an under-strength Crystal Palace before Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford.

But it was a must-win game for United, an opportunity to close the gap on Manchester City and Arsenal before they could turn attentions to their own semi-final against Everton.

The Italy international took the ball down on his chest before unleashing a half-volley to double United’s lead after the interval.

Manchester United’s rising youngster Jesse Lingard celebrates after providing the cross that led to Damien Delaney’s own goal.

Crystal Palace defender Delaney somehow managed to divert the ball into his own net for the opener after only four minutes.

Old Traford was spattered with a huge number of empty seats, despite the relative importance of the midweek Premier League clash.

In other games played in English premier league 20. 04. 2016,

West Ham 3:1 Watford
Liverpool 4:0 Everton
Man Utd 2:0 Crystal Palace

Today, Arsenal will host West Bromwich Albion at Emirates stadium at 20:45 pm

Premier League standings out of 34 matches played are as follows;

By Robert Muriisa.

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