Crystal Palace

Preview, Team News and Official Line-up ahead of Crystal Palace clash

The Premier League action resumes as Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Setting The Scene

Manchester United go into this tie on the back of a marvelous 4-1 win away from home at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in the Champions League. United won their previous Premier League game at Southampton 1-0 last weekend. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace travel to Manchester again this week after a with a 5-0 thumping at Manchester City last weekend. But this could be a tricky fixture for United after Roy Hodgson became the new manager for the Eagles a fortnight ago.

Manchester United This Season

Manchester United currently sit atop the Premier League table alongside joint leaders Manchester City with 16 points from 6 games. Manchester United have managed to keep five clean sheets in the opening six league fixtures thus far with the only blemish being two goals against Stoke City in the beginning of September. United have beaten opposition goalkeepers a whopping 17 times since the Premier League begun this season. The Reds stand unbeaten in nine games so far this season in all competitions. United also enter this match with a five match winning streak after a draw at Stoke.

Crystal Palace Fared So Far

Crystal Palace have made a worst possible start to the season sitting at the end of the Premier League table. The Eagles have lost all the league games so far with opponents scoring a total of 13 goals past their goalkeeper this season. Frank de Boar has been sacked already after losing the beginning four league games. The current manager Roy Hodgson didn’t show any improvement losing the previous two league games. The only good that has occurred to Crystal Palace so far having qualified the third round of the Carabao Cup after winning against Huddersfield. The Eagles travel to Manchester in back-to-back weekends after being thrashed by Manchester City 5-0 in the previous week.

Team News And Injuries Updates

Manchester United

In the pre-match press conference, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Micheal Carrick will remain sidelined for Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace. However, Antonio Valencia may be able to play for the Reds after missing out on Wednesday’s CL clash with CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital. Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rojo are out of contention with long term injuries. Also Paul Pogba remains out due to his hamstring injury until he recovers. Moreover, Jose Mourinho provided no further update on Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones whether they have recovered from injury.

Crystal Palace

The news for Crystal Palace remains bad as they have lost their star striker Christian Benteke to injury. Moreover, Roy Hodgson will also miss out James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to injuries. The Eagles star-man ex-Red Wilfred Zaha is likely to remain sidelined for Saturday’s clash also due to injury. Bad news have become a regularity for Crystal Palace as their in-form defender Tim Fosu-Mensah is obviously ineligible as he is on loan from Manchester United. However, the Glaziers may have their powerful striker Freddie Ladapo as he is in contention to feature against United, according to Hodgson.

Our Last Meeting

Our most recent clash with the Glaziers was very memorable especially for the Academy. Crystal Palace visited Old Trafford on the final day of the league season in May. Jose Mourinho named the youngest side for United in Premier League history. Mourinho handed debuts to Demi Mitchell and Josh Harrop to start for United. Current United midfielder Josh Harrop scored a goal in the tie with the match finishing 2-0 in United’s favour. Angel Gomes came off the bench to score the other goal for United as the match ended at Old Trafford.

Match Referee

Mike Dean will officiate as the main man on the field, this being his first United game for the season. The man from Wirral will oversee his fifth Premier League match for this season. The match referee will be assisted by Simon Long and Matthew Wilkes on the field. Stuart Attwell will be the fourth official for the match at Old Trafford.

Confirmed Line-Up

Jose Mourinho has made a few changes to starting XI from Wednesday’s match. Phil Jones starts instead of Victor Lindelof. Antonio Valencia also starts after missing Wednesday’s match and also been named as the captain. Fellaini starts in place of Herrera and Rashford in place of Martial. Mourinho and his men will look to extend their winning run against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Hodgson will look forward to end his teams lament with a win or atleast a draw at Old Trafford. If United wins today’s tie, United will match a record of clean sheets that remains un-matched since 1997/98 season. United may equal the record of six clean sheets in seven matches from the start of the season. Will United be able to maintain their unbeaten run? Can United equal the previous record of clean sheets today? It remains to be seen how the match rolls. Stay tuned to get all the updates on Manchester United.

Amiya Saha

Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.
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