Manchester United will look to build momentum when they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Red Devils got off to a flying start with a 4-0 win over rivals Chelsea in front of their home fans. The momentum took a bit of a hit after a second-half equalizer from Wolves and a missed penalty led to a 1-1 draw at the Molineux on Monday night.
However, this is a positive start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team after the previous season crashed towards the end. Further, United had a good summer, securing the services of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to bolster their ailing defence.
While last season’s club top-scorer Romelu Lukaku did move to Inter Milan and Ander Herrera joined PSG, Solskjaer did manage to add exciting Swansea winger Daniel James as the club legend looks at the long-term picture. Also, the Manchester club did manage to keep hold of Paul Pogba, which could pay off in the long run.
Now, the home side will look to get back to winning ways and make the most of a good start to the season.
Coming to their opponents, Palace did not have a great summer after finishing 12th the previous season. They lost breakthrough right-back Wan-Bissaka to United while Michy Batshuayi returned to Chelsea after his loan ended. On the incoming front, the Eagles bought James McCarthy from Everton, Jordan Ayew from Swansea and loaned Victor Camarasa from Real Betis.
The biggest achievement for Roy Hodgson is , however, holding on to Wilfried Zaha for another year. However, it is likely the team has reached as far as the Englishman could take them and they had a stuttering start to this season.
The Eagles held 10-man Everton to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in the opening game before losing to PL new boys Sheffield United in the second one. They are languishing in 16th place at the moment and will look to get going in a tough away fixture at Old Trafford.
In terms of team news, Solskjaer will be without Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, both long-term absentees. The United gaffer has rest of the squad to choose from and Daniel James could get a second consecutive start.
Meanwhile, for Palace, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are the key absentees and Martin Kelly will once again deputize at center-back in their absence.
Head-To-Head and Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
The head-to-head statistics are all in favor of Manchester United. The Red Devils are unbeaten against Crystal Palace in the last 17 meetings between the sides across all competitions. Further, a clean sheet can be expected, considering Palace’s bluntness and United shutting the Eagles out in each of the last 6 meetings at Old Trafford.
Finally, in terms of goals, United have scored 2+ goals in 5 of the last 6 meetings with Palace and this can be expected to continue. Thus, another 3 points are on the cards for Solskjaer’s men on Saturday.
Predicted Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; James, Lingard, Rashford; Martial
Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Ward, Kelly, Dann, Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Zaha, Benteke