Man Utd vs Palace: Predictions, likely lineups & team news

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/08/2019

Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford for their third match of the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday afternoon, as both sides look to bounce back from dropped points last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side remain unbeaten so far this season despite dropping two points against Wolves at Molineux on Monday night, while Roy Hodgson men Palace, a goalless start to the campaign has left them on just one point in the embryonic stages of the season after drawing ten-man Everton at Selhurst Park followed up by a devastating 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Sheffield United.

Team News

Solskjaer dropped Andreas Pereira in favour of Daniel James for the draw at Wolves, though Solskjaer could be tempted to bring back the Brazilian after his strong showing last time around at Old Trafford against Chelsea.

Eric Bailly is out until the New Year with a knee injury, while Alexis Sanchez's lack of match fitness makes it unlikely that he will start and the Chile international and Marcos Rojo could join Inter Milan and Fenerbahce on loan respectively.

As for the Eagles, defenders James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho will both be unavailable, while the English center-back is struggling with a groin injury while his French counterpart is not quite back to full fitness.

Palace fans could get the first glimpse of new signings Gary Cahill and Victor Camarasa at Old Trafford, with fellow new boy James McCarthy having made his debut from the bench at Bramall Lane last weekend.

Head to Head

It is no surprise that in the 49 meetings between the two clubs, The Eagles have won only six times as the Red Devils have been victorious 33 times, meaning there have been​ ten draws.

Crystal Palace have still never beaten Manchester United in a Premier League match.

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An unbeaten pre-season led into what was a perfect start for United in their Premier League opener. Thrashing ​Chelsea 4-0 would have given Solskjaer all the confidence in the world.

However, this result was followed by a draw with Wolves on Monday. This said, Nuno Espirito Santo's side looked strong and a point looks to be more than most will earn in the Black Country this season. United fans will be excited by the dynamism and pace of their front line that is sure to terrorise defences all season long.

Palace looked a little toothless without ​Wilfried Zaha starting in their Premier League opener against ​Everton. Yet, they looked even worse with him in the side at Bramall Lane last weekend.

Hodgson's side will face a very different challenge to the compact and tireless Blades when they travel to Old Trafford. Perhaps there will be more opportunities on Saturday for Zaha to exploit the gaps in the United defence, especially as the match approaches its latter stages.

Manchester United possible starting lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba, Pereira; Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup: Guaita; Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer; Zaha, Benteke

Prediction: Man Utd 3-0 Crystal Palace