Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United
Crystal Palace welcome Manchester United to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night looking to pull off a league double over the 20-time champions for the first time ever.
The Eagles memorably won 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, but 17 points now separate the two sides in the table. Manchester United are looking to further strengthen their Champions League hopes in midweek. Here’s a preview of Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United.
Match Build Up
Manchester United have never lost in 11 Premier League away games against Crystal Palace. This is the most one side has played at another without ever losing in the competition (W8 D3).
Crystal Palace have won two of their last three league meetings with Manchester United (L1), as many as they had in their previous 27 against them. The Eagles are looking to complete their first ever league double over the Red Devils.
Manchester United have won nine of their last 11 midweek Premier League fixtures (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning all six away games in this run.
Only four clubs in English top-flight history have had a longer unbeaten away run than Manchester United’s current run of 20 (W13 D7). The Red Devils haven’t lost any of their last seven league games in London (W4 D3), last having a longer run without defeat in the capital between December 2011-December 2013 (13 games).
Manchester United Team News
Manchester United were able to include Scott McTominay, Daniel James and Donny van de Beek in their matchday squad on Sunday after the trio all overcame minor knocks. Edinson Cavani was once again absent with a muscle problem, though, and the quick turnaround in fixtures means that the veteran striker remains a major doubt for this game.
Solskjaer is unlikely to take any risks over his fitness with the Manchester derby just around the corner, and he is not short of options upfront with Anthony Martial pushing for a recall after being left out in favor of Mason Greenwood last time out.
Wednesday’s match will come too soon for Paul Pogba, while Juan Mata and Phil Jones remain out too, but Solskjaer could opt to make changes to his side with one eye on the derby.
Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Dean Henderson and Nemanja Matic are among the players knocking on the door, while Van de Beek, who scored his only Man United goal on his debut in the reverse fixture, will be hopeful of some game time too.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial