18 December 2004, Old Trafford
(Scholes 22, 49; Smith 35, Boyce og 48, O'Shea 90)
CRYSTAL PALACE 2
(Granville 27, Kolkka 46)
United: Carroll; G Neville, Silvestre, Ferdinand, Fortune (O'Shea 32); Fletcher, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Smith, Rooney.
The game was just eight minutes old when Darren Fletcher was tripped inside the area, but Gabor Kiraly made the first of several fine saves to keep out Wayne Rooney's spot-kick.
It took until the 22nd minute for the Reds to break the deadlock. Paul Scholes collected a Roy Keane pass before cutting inside and lashing past Kiraly. But Iain Dowie's side restored parity five minutes later, Danny Granville turning home a loose ball. Scholes had a hand as the Reds regained the lead, Alan Smith heading home the midfielder's corner.
The visitors came back again and Jonas Kolkka nodded them level. But after sustained United pressure, Gary Neville's teasing cross was turned into his own net by Emmerson Boyce under pressure from Scholes, and a minute later Scholes struck again. John O'Shea had the last word, volleying home a fine centre from Ryan Giggs.