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Man of the match vote:

Wayne Rooney: 51%

Adnan Januzaj: 35%

Michael Carrick: 14%

14/09/2013 16:40, Report by Adam Marshall

Rooney voted star man

Wayne Rooney picked up just over half of the fans' vote to win the Man of the Match award for the 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

The United No10 played in a headband designed to protect the nasty training-ground injury he sustained in preparation for the visit to Liverpool.

The supporters were clearly impressed with his contribution as his free-kick added to Robin van Persie's penalty to seal a comfortable victory against ten-man Palace. Adnan Januzaj ran Rooney close with an exciting performance as a second-half substitute, with his direct play and trickery enchating the Old Trafford faithful. Michael Carrick finished in third spot after the nominations were made by MUTV pundits Gordon McQueen and Lou Macari.

"The fans love that kind of commitment," explained McQueen to the club's official TV channel. "A top player who is willing to go out and risk what is obviously a very bad gash and is desperate to play. Despite the peculiar headgear, big plaster and what not, he still came out and put in the performance that he did.

"Remember it was a great pass and he should've been scoring one and making one for Robin van Persie. It was a bad miss but a great pass by Rooney, who was probably our best player."

Macari was also in agreement with the fans' decision to opt for Rooney, who is now off the mark for the Barclays Premier League season.

"I think that's just about right," the Scot stated. "Wayne got his goal and his other play was good right throughout the game. Januzaj came on and made a big impact. The crowd liked him and the fact there was a youngster on the scene again."

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