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Manchester United face a trip to Selhurst Park on Monday night, a stadium they haven’t lost inside since 1991, a 3-0 division one drubbing.
Current Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson, 46, son of Sir Alex featured in that game, just to give you an idea of how long ago it was. United have been on the losing side when facing Palace more recently though, at Old Trafford in the League Cup back in 2011.
They lost 2-1 after extra time that day, Darren Ambrose scoring what Gary Neville has since called the greatest goal to be scored at Old Trafford. Most United fans will remember Federico Macheda, he equalised from the penalty spot just minutes after Ambrose’s goal, but current Brighton striker Glenn Murray scored an extra time winner.
Can United maintain their solid record against Crystal Palace or will they lose at Selhurst Park for the first time in the 21st century?
Crystal Palace have only won one of their last five home Premier League games and have seen themselves fall into the relegation zone, they’ll be eager to start picking up points again as soon as possible as they look to fight their way out of trouble for the second time this season.
They may have to wait for another day because although United are just two wins from five away league games, they know how important three points are tonight with a game against Liverpool at Old Trafford on the horizon, giving them the opportunity to take a firm grip on second place, should they win both.
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I expect Jesse Lingard to be given a start after scoring the winner against Chelsea last week from the bench.
Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo remain unavailable, which should mean a starting centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, unless Jose Mourinho opts to give Eric Bailly, who has recently recovered from injury, a start.
Scott McTominay continues to receive high praise from Mourinho and could start as part of a midfield three alongside Nemanja Matic and hopefully Paul Pogba, who surely did enough to please Jose in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Chelsea.
Prediction (1-0 United win)
There haven’t been more than two goals scored in any of Crystal Palace’s last four home league games, including a 0-0 draw with leaders Manchester City and more recently a 1-0 loss to Spurs, in which Harry Kane scored a late winner.
The same applies for United’s last four away league games, none have seen more than two goals. I’m expecting a low scoring win for United. I think it’s Alexis Sanchez’s turn to silence his critics, crazy as it seems, he does have them.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy the game!
Written by Jordan Hackett
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