Erik ten Hag is now just one match away from marking his maiden campaign at Old Trafford with silverware after defeating Nottingham Forest in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night — but his Premier League ambitions come back into focus this weekend, as Man Utd play Crystal Palace for the second time in as many months.
The two clubs met in south London only two games ago, with Man Utd imploding 10 minutes from time, with Casemiro collecting a yellow card to miss the club’s recent 3-2 defeat to Arsenal through suspension, while Michael Olise grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the dying embers. Following their second visit to the capital against Arsenal, Man Utd are now in fourth in the table, but still three points ahead of fifth-placed Spurs (and having played a game less).
Palace were able to build on that draw against Man Utd by also holding top-four aspirants Newcastle to a successive stalemate at Selhurst Park. Excitement has been further brewed after Patrick Vieira brought in Naouirou Ahamada and Albert Sambi Lokonga on deadline day, giving his midfield an adrenaline shot on creativity and dynamism.
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Man Utd vs Crystal Palace match stats
The only match Marcus Rashford has failed to score in the Premier League since returning from Qatar was that Palace game a fortnight ago. The England international will be determined to get on the scoresheet this time around. In fact, such has been his form that he has been involved in six goals in his six Premier League appearances post-World Cup (five goals, one assist) – only Erling Haaland (7) has been involved during more in that time. On top of that, the City forward is the only player with more shots on target (12) than Rashford (11) since the Premier League’s winter resumption.
Bruno Fernandes was the scorer for Man Utd at Selhurst Park, but the Portuguese will be eyeing up a more creative role here. Only Kevin De Bruyne (63) and Kieran Tripper (59) have created more chances than Fernandes (50) in the Premier League this season. It’s one of the reasons Rashford has flourished so much, with such a playmaker force pulling the strings close by him.
18 Jan 2023 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Man Utd – Premier League
22 May 2022 – Crystal Palace 1-0 Man Utd – Premier League
05 Dec 2021 – Man Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
03 Mar 2021 – Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League
19 Sep 2020 – Man Utd 1-3 Crystal Palace – Premier League
These two clubs last met at Old Trafford in December 2021, which was actually Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of the club during his interim spell. The Red Devils ran out 1-0 victors, with Fred bagging the winning 15 minutes from the final whistle.
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