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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Match Preview, Predicted XI and Score Prediction

Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park tomorrow in the Premier League hoping to keep up their good playing form and with only one objective to simply come away with a win, securing the essential 3 points. In the past, Crystal Palace have never posed much of a threat to United – who have lost only once in their last 21 meetings with the Eagles. However Palace are a much improved side in recent years, and despite their poor start to the season, Alan Pardew’s side is their best in years.

Former United winger Wilfried Zaha never hit the heights that were expected of him at Old Trafford, but the 24-year-old has been one of the League’s most consistent players this season and is certainly one of Palace’s prized assets. The Englishman, who has been in the news of late due to his proposed switch of nationality to Ivorian, has been involved in 7 goals in his last 7 games for Palace. Christian Benteke is also a big danger for United’s defence as the Belgian striker has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games – but Palace pose more of a threat on goal in the heading department, they have scored more headers than any other team in the league. The height of Alan Pardew’s side will certainly be cause for concern, and it might mean a start for Marouane Fellaini.

Manchester United are unbeaten in six league matches but have only won two of those. They have scored more than 1 goal in only 1 of their last 9 league games. It seems to be a recurring issue that United will take the game by the scruff of the neck and dominate before going 1-0 up, only to concede late on and take just a point. However, with Sunday’s victory over top 4 rivals Spurs, maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Captain Wayne Rooney is only one goal away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time goalscoring record at Manchester United (249 goals). With Henrikh Mkitaryan out injured until after Christmas, it might pave the way for Rooney to make a return to the first XI in an advanced role and have another crack at making history within the team. However, the more likely option will see Juan Mata return to the no.10 role. Mata has been a lot more consistent than Rooney of late, and offers much more creativity in the final third.

The only other fresh team news besides Mkhitaryan’s absence is that of Antonio Valencia’s. The Ecuadorian right-back picked up his 5th yellow card of the season on Sunday, and will miss the Palace game as a result. The suspension could see Italian right-back Matteo Darmian get a start at his preferred right-back spot with Luke Shaw getting an opportunity at left-back if he is fit again .

Here is how we believe Manchester United will line-up to face Crystal Palace:

De Gea

Darmian – Jones – Rojo – Shaw

Herrera – Fellaini

Rashford – Pogba – Martial


Despite the enforced changes we think United will have enough to get the 3 points over an improving Crystal Palace side. Score Prediction : 1-2.

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  • jemilohun taye Says:

    man u is my best club

  • Gabriel Koroma Says:

    I prefer mata to rashford and why fellaini again? with carrick we always win in this season unless opponents fight for a draw.

  • Gabriel Koroma Says:

    I prefer mata to rash ford and why Fellini again? with carrick we always win in this season unless opponents fight for a draw.

  • sanusi Says:

    good job

  • destiny Says:

    i preffer mata then fellani, fellani tackle clumsy

  • destiny Says:

    i preffer mata then fellani, fellani tackle clumsy. And mata creat more chance

  • destiny Says:

    i preffer mata then fellani. fellani tackle , And mata creat more chance

  • eamon Says:

    I think a 3-1 win and Mata is the best choice to replace Mkhitaryan as he has the vision to unlock defences and Palace have a weak spot in defence – hopefully someone else can step to score goals to help out our dependable Ibrahimovic who is nothing less then a legendary warrior who keeps proving it game after game – what a f%$&*!$ awesome player he is!!!

  • Scotty mc Says:

    United get a run of wins together this is no 2 it just gotta happen- I believe word

  • destiny Says:

    as for me i will like to see the likes, of mata ,roony and mastial down the flank .then midfild the likes of carrick ,herrera,pogba.then with a solide defence, dermian, jones,rojo and blind if there is no shaw. The most inportant thing is that we need to win by all means.united till i die

  • Mr zeeboh Says:

    I can c united wining today,but if felani play we lose.

  • TILAHUN Says:

    Why fellani with Carrick abailable and the experienced Rooney should come for rashford

  • joseph Says:

    Manchester united to win
    crystal palace 0 vs 2 Manchester united.
    I would prefer a 4-4-2 formation with rashford and ibrahimovic to top attack, mata and herrear attacking midfield, pogba and carrick behind them.
    Jones, blind, Valencia, and bailly at the defence.

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