According to history, Man Utd should breeze through this fixture at Old Trafford. But by how many?
Crystal Palace has never beaten Man Utd Premier League. And with the current form of the two clubs, it doesn’t look like that is going to change.
Roy Hodgson’s squad are massively underperforming so far this season. In the opening game, they held Everton to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, despite The Toffees going down to 10 men after 75 minutes. The week after, they were defeated by newcomers Sheffield Utd 1-0. In both games, on the pitch and in the stats, they were far from the team that finished 12th place last season.
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka now facing the other direction, their only stand out player is want-away Wilfried Zaha. Leaving it Man United’s to throw away. Given the past six years, you wouldn’t put that past them. But given their last two fairly impressive performances, it seems unlikely to be the case.
Solskjaer’s starting elevens for Man Utd in the opening weeks have been very similar. Andreas Pereira for Daniel James being the only alteration against Wolves from the victory at Chelsea. But what eleven will Solskjaer opt for against Crystal Palace?
How should Solskjaer line up against a defensive and counter-attacking opponent?
Manchester United’s back 5 picks itself, now having one of strongest defences in the league thanks to the additions over summer.
The midfield is the main cause of concern. But they do have creative players Pogba and Pereira in attacking-midfield roles against a team who will be very defensive. They need to play through Crystal Palace and have their strikers finish it.
Pereria and Gomes can interchange from the attacking right midfield and right-wing positions. Gomes’ eye for a final third pass is part of why he is seen as one of the best up and coming talents in English football. It is likely that Juan Mata will feature instead, but seeing this youngster would cause great excitement on and off the pitch.