Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United won’t rest on their laurels following a sensational win over Manchester City as they need to get the job done against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. United are desperate to keep up with Arsenal and City and so will want to return to London against the league leaders on Sunday with a win at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have been a bogey team of late for Manchester United and so United know that this match will be anything but easy. However, with three defeats in a row for the home side and nine wins in a row for the away side may have an effect. Will United continue their run or will Palace end theirs? Here’s all you need to know:

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Information

Teams: Crystal Palace and Manchester United
Date: Wednesday 18th January 2022
KO Time: 20:00 GMT
Location: Selhurst Park
Managers: Patrick Vieira and Erik ten Hag
Referee: John Brooks

Team News:

Crystal Palace

Palace have three concerns ahead of their home match against United. Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur are out due to injury and Joachim Andersen came off against Chelsea and could be out as well. Apart from that, the Eagles have a fully-fit squad.

Manchester United

United continue without Van De Beek, Tuanzebe and Dalot for the time being. Jadon Sancho and new signing, Wout Weghorst are both in training as of today but may not be ready to feature in the squad and certainly not in the starting lineup. Martial is a doubt after coming off at half time in the derby but this may have been a precaution and one that may see him sitting this one out.

Interesting Facts:

  • Manchester United have lost to Crystal Palace once in each of the last three Premier League campaigns. However, last season’s 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park was their first ever loss away to Palace in Premier League history.
  • Manchester United have not won at Selhurst Park since a 2-0 win in 2020 courtesy of a Rashford and Martial goal either side of half time.
  • Bruno Fernandes is 1 goal or assist away from reaching 100 G/A for Manchester United in just 152 games. Extra-ordinary.

Predicted XI:

I think United will make some changes here with Sunday’s match. De Gea will keep his place and so will Wan-Bissaka with Dalot out. I think Maguire and Martinez start this game with Malacia staying in the side after an impressive performance against Mahrez. Casemiro and Fred are a card away from suspension so I can see McTominay and Eriksen starting this game with Fernandes irreplaceable in the 10 role. Antony should get a start along with Alejandro Garnacho and Rashford should start up front.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Rashford

Predicted Score:

Anyone expecting this to be a walkover is not up to date with the history of this fixture. It has been a difficult and often narrow match where United have always given chances to the Eagles. It’s just whether Ten Hag continues to break barriers and win. I can see it happening with the confidence United have at the moment but I’ll go for another narrow win and another Rashford winner.

United to win 2-1

Author: Arjun Handa

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