MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United

Manchester United will go in search of their 10th consecutive victory in all competitions when they meet Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in Wednesday’s Premier League fixture.

The Red Devils overcame bitter rivals Manchester City 2-1 in Saturday’s derby, while Patrick Vieira’s side fell short in their local clash with London counterparts Chelsea, losing 1-0.

Manchester United have lost three of their last five Premier League games in London (W1 D1), as many as they had in their previous 20 visits to the capital (W11 D6). However, they did win their last such game 2-1 at Fulham thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Alejandro Garnacho.

Crystal Palace won this exact fixture 1-0 on the final day of last season, their first home league win over Manchester United since May 1991 (D4 L9 in between).

Manchester United have lost three of their last six league games against Crystal Palace (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 31 (W22 D6). They lost 1-0 against the Eagles last time out in May but have never lost consecutive league games against them before.

Crystal Palace have lost their last two home Premier League matches without scoring a goal and shipping seven themselves. They haven’t lost three in a row at Selhurst Park without scoring since September 2017.

Manchester United have won five of their last eight away Premier League games (D1 L2), after losing seven in a row before this. They are looking for three consecutive away league wins for the first time since a 10-game winning run between June and December 2020.

United did not come out of their clash with Man City unscathed either, as Anthony Martial had to come off at half time with an unspecified issue, while Marcus Rashford took a whack to the hip but managed to carry on until stoppage time.

Donny van de Beek, Axel Tuanzebe and Jadon Sancho remain out of contention for the visitors, who are also unlikely to have Diogo Dalot back from a hamstring injury just yet, meaning that a start for ex-Eagles right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be in order.

Antony can expect a recall to the frontline if Martial’s latest problem renders him unavailable, while Lisandro Martinez was again restricted to a substitute outing in the derby as he builds up his fitness following the World Cup, but the Argentine ought to come into contention for a start here.

Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst should also come into contention for his full debut with Martial a doubt, but the Dutchman will likely be named on the bench here.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Fred, Casemiro; Antony, Eriksen, Fernandes; Rashford

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