Aston Villa and Cardiff City were locked up in a goalless battle for the first 75 minutes of the match, but a foul on Leandro Bacuna set up a free kick which he converted himself and proved to be the game winner as Aston Villa prevailed 2-0.
Week 26 will come too soon for Ryan Shawcross in his recovery from a significant back injury but he should be available for Week 27 in two weeks time.
Jon Walters was a late scratch with a virus last weekend but he should be available again for Week 26.
Gareth McAuley is definitely out for Week 26 with a hamstring injury and Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson and Chris Brunt are all doubtful as well.
Troy Deeney was given a rest last weekend over concerns about his fitness but he should be ready for a quick return to the starting eleven at Selhurst Park.
While there weren't many details, Louis Van Gaal said that there was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for long term absentees Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo.
Phil Jones suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury during Manchester United's 7-0 U21 league victory of Norwich on Monday.
Jack Colback has been training all week according to Steve McClaren and is available for selection when Newcastle United travel this weekend to take on Chelsea.
Max Gradel has returned to the club and is beginning the early stages of training as he looks to regain his fitness after a lengthy layoff following knee surgery.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that Dejan Lovren will be left out of action this weekend when Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa.
Joe Allen will be "out for a while" according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the midfielder has to recover from a hamstring injury picked up last weekend.
Manchester City will finally see the return of its captain after Vincent Kompany was cleared to make his first appearance of 2016 after a persistent calf injury.