Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to face injury-laden Crystal Palace side for Round 29 of Premier League. The match is scheduled to start at 08:00 pm GMT on the 5th of March.
The Red Devils will be oozing confidence at this moment, as they came from back to defeat Chelsea in their last league fixture. With that win, United got back their second position on the league table.
With the league leaders City boasting a massive sixteen points lead at the top of the league table, the title race is somewhat over now.But Jose Mourinho’s men will surely be glad about the fact that a top four finish looks right around the corner for them.
Crystal Palace are seventeenth on the league table and cling to safety on goal differential. This position is still better than the last time these teams faced each other; after seven games, the Eagles were without a point and were yet to score a goal.
Since the appointment of Roy Hodgson, the london-based side have revived and climbed out of the drop zone, which looked impossible for them at that moment. Despite all the hard-work, the injury crisis have let them down, and no wins in their last five league games threatens to undo all of their hard-work.
Players To Watch
Defensive midfielder Milivojevic is our player to watch pick from the Palace side. The Serbian has scored twice in his last three league games, both of which came from penalties. With seven goals in the Premier League this season, the 26-year-old has proved to be threatening from set pieces.
The 21-year-old is hoping to make his fourth straight start for United at Selhurst Park on Sunday. The Lancaster born midfielder played a significant role during the draw with Sevilla and the 2-1 win over Chelsea last week; stopping Blues’ Eden Hazard, and Sevilla’s Ever Banega from getting their name on the scoresheet.
With Ander Herrera out injured, McTominay has a real chance to thrive under Mourinho.
Manchester United won the reverse fixture of this league tie with a scintillating display. Juan Mata opened the scoring just three minutes after the kick-off and Fellaini went on to score a brace, making the score 3-0. Belgian Striker Romelu Lukaku wrapped up the game with a goal in the 86th minute.
The Eagles haven’t won any of their 17 Premier League meetings with the Reds (D3 L14), a record they would want to avoid in this match.
Crystal Palace have been heavily affected by injuries lately. Their best attacking threat, Wilfried Zaha has been sidelined for weeks with a knee problem and won’t be back for weeks. Hodgson will be glad with the return of Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp. James Tomkins could also make a start to this game.
To make matters further worse, on-loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace’s lengthy list of unavailable players, as the 20-year-old is ineligible to play against his parent-club.
Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic join Herrera in the list of unavailable players for the Red Devils. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are close to returning to the squad, but the Sunday clash will likely come too soon for them.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Lineup (Predicted XI)
Crystal Palace Lineup (4-3-3)
Wan-Bissaka (RB), Tomkins (RCB), Kelly (LCB), Schlupp (LB)
Riedewald (RCM), Milivojevic (CDM), McArthur (LCM)
Manchester United Lineup (4-3-3)
De Gea (GK)
Valencia (RB), Lindelof (RCB), Smalling (LCB), Young (LB
McTominay (RCM), Matic (CDM), Pogba (LCM)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Prediction
The Red Devils are the clear favorites to win this match and Crystal Palace will surely give them problems time and again but all in all, this shouldn’t be a big ask for Mourinho’s men.
Crystal Palace head to this match knee-deep in trouble. A point on Sunday could make huge difference in their struggle against relegation but with all the injuries surrounding them, it’s hard to imagine the London-based side getting anything from this fixture.
Our Prediction: A 2-0 away win for the Manchester United.