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Can United bounce back? Man United confirmed squad Vs Palace; Team news, Preview and predicted XI

Odunayo4Ruth
By Odunayo4Ruth | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 45867 views

Manchester United missed out on a chance to take pole position in their pursuit for a top 4 finish when a Michael Obafemi's late equalizer condemned them to the 5th spot even as their rivals dropped points earlier in the game week.

Following Chelsea's lone victory over relegated Norwich last night, United could see themselves 4 and 3 points adrift of Chelsea and Leicester by the time they play if the foxes are to win their game today. While that result against Saints which was their only real slip-up since the season restart, United cannot afford to drop more points in South east London.The Eagles are mathematically safe but are ending the season on a sour note after a good run before the league was suspended. Palace have now dropped to 14th in the table following their barren run over the past few weeks, so they'll be looking to bounce back if they could get anything positive from this game. 

An enthralling clash at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign saw Palace ultimately come away with all three points in a 2-1 victory, with Patrick van Aanholt netting an injury-time winner for the Eagles after Daniel James thought he has snatched a point for the Red devils back in August.

Team News

Palace will have to make do without Christian Benteke following the striker's red card in the defeat to Villa, meaning Jordan Ayew is likely to be moved to a central role.

Gary Cahill, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins all remain on the treatment table for the Eagles. Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams both suffered an injury in the draw versus Southampton. Shaw's injury was ankle-related whereas Williams suffered a nasty-looking cut above his eye.  

The latter would probably be more likely to feature from the opening whistle tomorrow, although Solskjaer could call upon Diogo Dalot should both left-backs fail to recover in time.Solskjaer opted for the same XI once more on Monday but fatigue was evident amongst the players, so the Red Devils manager could ring the changes here.

Any of Mctominay and Fred could be pushing for a start if the Ole would think about giving Matic a rest. James would also be an option for Greenwood if need be, also with sights on their FA Cup Semi Final match against Chelsea on Saturday. 

Predicted Lineup

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot; Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial. 

Match Records and Head to Head

This will be the 57th meeting between the two sides with United winning 37 of those contests.

Palace have eight wins of their own. Most recently in the reverse fixture earlier this season, their first victory over United in the league since 1991.

The Eagles are experiencing their poorest run in the league since September 2017. They've lost all their 5 games since the restart.

Red Devils already have won 13 penalties this season from fast flank play, the most accumulated by any team in a single Premier League campaign. 

Crystal Palace Premier League form: WLLLLL

Manchester United Premier League form: DWWWWD

Prediction

With so much at stake for Solskjaer's men and the form of their devastating front-three, United should romp to another much-needed victory.

The hectic fixture schedule appears to have taken its toll on United's regular fixtures given the manner of their draw with Southampton, but against an unmotivated Palace, we expect a routine win for the Reds. Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United

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