Manchester United will look to get their quest for Champions League qualification back on track when they travel to Crystal Palace on Thursday at 8:15 PM.
The Red Devils‘ four-game Premier League winning streak came to a dramatic end as Southampton‘s Michael Obafemi scored a 96th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Monday night.
However, that result still drew Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side level with Leicester City in 59 points, with only goal difference now keeping them out of the top four.
And United will certainly fancy their chances against a Crystal Palace side enduring a dreadful run of form in recent weeks. Roy Hodgson‘s men fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa last time out and have now lost their last five Premier League games. Their last win came during the first game back after the suspension of play when they beat a struggling Bournemouth 2-0.
Where to watch Crystal Palace v Man United on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: NBCSN
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Crystal Palace & Man United‘s previous line-ups:
- Crystal Palace (vs Aston Villa): Guaita; Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Zaha, Ayew; Benteke*.
- Man United (vs Southampton): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw*; Pogba, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Christian Benteke will miss the rest of the season after receiving a straight red card in the defeat to Aston Villa. Palace will also be without James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill due to injury.
Luke Shaw picked up an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Southampton and is a doubt for this one, while the left-back conundrum is further complicated by the fact Brandon Williams also received a cut over his eye. Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are both injured. Solskjaer will also have one eye on this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, which will see his team have to cope with another quick turnaround between games.
Player to watch: Mason Greenwood
We’ve all been well aware of Mason Greenwood’s talent for some time but since the post-lockdown return to action, the teenager has absolutely exploded into life.
Greenwood has netted four goals in his last four Premier League games while he also notched an assist during United’s 3-0 win away at Brighton at the end of June.
As the season nears its conclusion, United are bound to be linked with a number of top-class forwards — not least Jadon Sancho — but with Greenwood in this sort of form alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, surely they should be focusing their transfer attention elsewhere? Greenwood will be doing all he can to further stake his claim.
Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Man United
Premier League table: Live 2019/20 standings
Premier League 2019/20 recent form:
- Crystal Palace: LLLLL
- Man United: WWWWD