Let’s take a look at the team news as Man United host Crystal Palace later today at the Old Trafford in the Premier League reverse fixture. The Red Devils are looking to make it 13 home wins in a row across all competitions.
Man United and Crystal Palace will face each other just 17 days after their previous encounter at Selhurst Park. The unusual scheduling of fixtures this season has happened due to the 2022 World Cup break in the winter months.
The Red Devils suffered a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in their latest Premier League game but the team has been performing well in recent cup competitions. They secured their place in the League Cup final by beating Nottingham Forest 5-0 over two legs and advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Eagles have struggled to score while playing away from home, having failed to find the back of the net in six of their past nine games on the road. Despite this, they have reason to be hopeful heading to Old Trafford as they have earned seven points from their last four Premier League away matches against United. This includes a 2-1 win in 2019 and a 1-0 triumph in 2022.
Manchester United will have to play without the services of Christian Eriksen as he has been sidelined till April with an ankle injury. In addition, Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay are both unavailable due to knee and muscle problems, respectively.
The availability of Diogo Dalot, who has a hamstring injury, remains uncertain, leading to the possibility of Aaron Wan-Bissaka starting at right-back alongside Varane and Martinez. Jadon Sancho may see action after making a substitute appearance in the last game. Marcel Sabitzer could make his debut for the club after joining on loan from Bayern Munich.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha, who has been sidelined for six weeks due to a hamstring injury. James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are also out with groin and foot injuries, respectively.
Joachim Andersen may return to the match-day squad after missing the last two games due to a calf problem. Deadline-day signings Naouirou Ahamada and Albert Sambi Lokonga may get their first chance to play for the Eagles.
Player To Watch Out For – Eberechi Eze
Eberechi Eze is known for his dribbling skills, close control, creativity, and ability to score goals. The attacking midfielder is an excellent ball-carrier, with the ability to beat defenders using quick footwork and change of pace. He is also a gifted playmaker, capable of creating scoring opportunities for his teammates with precise passes and through-balls.
In addition, the 24-year-old Englishman has shown an eye for goal and is capable of scoring spectacular goals from distance. Eze’s potential and performances have earned him recognition and interest from some of the top clubs in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace Form:
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Manchester United Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):
David De Gea(GK); Aaron Wan-Bissaka(RB), Raphael Varane(CB), Lisandro Martinez(CB), Tyrell Malacia(LB); Casemiro(CM), Fred(CM); Antony(RW), Marcus Rashford(LW), Bruno Fernandes(CAM); Wout Weghorst(ST).
Man United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have been able to secure only a single victory in their last five Premier League matches, but Patrick Vieira will have found some encouraging results in their recent ties against Man United and Newcastle. The Red Devils should win this one at Old Trafford which has become a fortress this season.
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