The Red Devils will be hosting Crystal Palace at the Old Trafford on 19th September as they kick off their 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
The Eagles would face a tough test against United since they look to build on their strong 1-0 victory against Southampton.
On the other hand, United would be playing for the first time this season and a win would be a perfect way to begin their journey.
Pre Match Analysis – Manchester United
Manchester United’s results after the previous Premier League campaign resulted in the fans having mixed reactions. The Red Devils last two games didn’t go well as they lost both.
Manchester United vs Sevilla: 1- 2
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: 0-1
Juan Mata and Bruno Fernandes stood out in terms of goal contributions in those games; Hence, the former provided 2 assists and Fernandes scored twice and were the top scorer in the UEFA Europa League.
The club’s new signing Donny van de Beek featured in the friendly against Aston Villa.
Also, The Dutch international impressed as the deep-lying midfielder with unique vision and skills.
Hence, the fans are excited to watch him ply his trade alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Pre Match Analysis – Crystal Palace
The Eagles started their Premier League on a winning note as they downed Southampton 1-0 in the opening weekend.
The electric Wilfred Zaha scored the lone goal and the Palace faithful were excited. Also, He endured a tumultuous 2019/20 campaign.
Vicente Guaita was awarded the Man of the Match award for his heroics between the sticks and ensuring his side grab all the 3 points.
This is how Palace fared against Southampton in the opening weekend :
1. Corner Kicks Won: 7 vs 3
2. Counter Attacks: 3 vs 0
3. Crosses: 8/16 (50%) vs 3/18 (17%)
4. Dribbles: 10/15 (67%) vs 6/11 (55%)
5. Interceptions: 12 vs 9
6. Goalkeeper Saves: 5 vs 2
Team News – Manchester United
Who starts? Who misses out? Player injuries and suspensions?
While Dean Henderson did start in the friendly against Aston Villa, we believe David de Gea would still be the first choice against the Eagles.
In the defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will be given the green light.
While the manager placed his faith in Harry Maguire by letting him remain the club captain after some forgettable memories in Greece.
Victor Lindelof’s form saw a downward trend in 2019/20 and Eric Bailly would challenge the Swede to partner Maguire.
Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay would be the front runners in the central defensive midfield region as Nemanja Matic recently returned to training and might lack match fitness.
However, Bruno Fernandes hasn’t been training with United for more than a week, yet he might be in the starting XI due to his stellar performances towards the end of the previous season.
The attacking trio could comprise of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James. It is Mason Greenwood who misses out due to a recent incident in Iceland where he was seen breaching lockdown protocols.
Player Injuries –
Axel Tuanzebe (Foot), Paul Pogba (Lack of Match Fitness), Phil Jones (Knee)
Team News – Crystal Palace
Man of the Match Guaita would be the obvious choice between the sticks and the Eagles would be hoping for another formidable performance from him.
The full-back pairing of Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell will be starting as Nathan Ferguson and Patrick van Aanholt recover from their respective injuries.
The centre back pairing of Scott Dann and Cheikhou Kouyate kept a clean sheet and would be the likely starters against United.
Andros Townsend ended the game with an assist and James McArthur was solid in the central midfield, winning 8 out of 10 duels.
Luka Milivojovic might get the nod over James McCarthy who had a poor outing against the Saints in which he was penalized with a yellow card lost possession 12 times.
Eberechi Eze was bought on for 9 minutes and we expect him to get more playing time in the next fixture which would see Jeffrey Schlupp get benched. The Eagles’ attack would be led by the lethal Jordan Ayew and lightning Wilfred Zaha.
Christian Benteke (foot), Gary Cahill (hamstring), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder), James Tomkins (thigh), Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jairo Riedewald (tendon), Connor Wickham.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Our Predictions For The Fixture
Manchester United 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
This might be the basic scoreline but we certainly believe this might happen.
Manchester United is touted to snatch a victory against the high flying Eagles side. However, expect Roy Hodgson’s men to give a strong fight as they look to build on their victory against Southampton.
Anthony Martial looked good in pre-season and we back him to score against Palace. If Eze starts, it wouldn’t be shocking if he gets on the scoresheet or provides an assist or two.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Where And When To Watch –
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 5:30 pm (GMT)
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 10:00 pm (IST)
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