Mata ends terrible penalty run; Young surpasses previous two seasons' efforts in key area

Manchester United

Following Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Marouane Fellaini netted a late winner as Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to move within touching distance of a return to the Champions League; a result that all but guarantees the Red Devils a top-four finish. 

The Belgian headed past Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni in the 78th minute, after Juan Mata had seen his earlier penalty cancelled out by the hosts' Jason Puncheon.

Here are the best statistics following the Red Devils' weekend victory:

Manchester United have now won 12 and lost none of the last 14 league meetings with Crystal Palace.

> Crystal Palace's three direct free-kick goals this season have come against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

> Juan Mata had missed his last three penalties in English football (all competitions) before netting his spot-kick in this game.

> Ashley Young has provided as many Premier League assists in 2014-15 (4) as he did in the preceding two seasons combined.

> Young played a match-best four key passes, while completing four take-ons. 

> Palace attempted more shots (10) than the Red Devils (eight), excluding blocked shots.

> Alan Pardew is the first Palace manager to lose three straight Premier League home games since Iain Dowie in August/September 2004

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