Crystal Palace Preview vs Manchester United (A)

The Eagles search for a first win in eight games continues as Roy Hodgson’s side head to Old Trafford on Saturday.

This is the latest game against top notch opposition after recent games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton all in succession. Palace sit a place above the drop zone now on goal difference and need a win more than ever.

In the opposing dugout, Jose Mourinho’s Red Devil’s have had an indifferent season of more lows than highs. Coming off of a derby day defeat and looming outside the European places also on goal difference, on paper this is exactly the game Manchester United would want.

Undoubtably Palace’s biggest miss will be Wilfried Zaha should the Ivorian miss the game. A thigh injury suffered in the defeat to Chelsea ruled him out of the loss to Tottenham but he is in contention to play. Centre Half James Tomkins and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also doubts whilst Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke are all ruled out indefinitely.

For the home side, Luke Shaw is ruled out via suspension and is expected to be replaced by Ashley Young on the left hand side of the defence. Antonio Valencia is also a continued doubt and could be replaced by summer signing Dalot, who was pictured in training this week. Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku also didn’t get a lot of playing time in the international break and are all carrying knocks alongside Marcus Rashford.

The meeting between the two sides actually holds a premier league record. Manchester United have never lost to Palace in all 18 premier league meetings, this is the highest active streak among premier league clubs currently.

The most recent meeting was a 3-2 United win at Selhurst in March decided by a memorable volley from Nemanja Matic Im extra time.

Predicted Lineup:

Manchester United:

De Gea, Dalot, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Pogba, Matic, Sanchez, Martial, Mata, Lukaku

Crystal Palace:

Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Kouyate, McArthur, Milivoijevic, Townsend, Meyer, Zaha

Prediction:

Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace

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