Confirmed Starting XI: Chong and Garner on the bench; 4-4-2 diamond with Pogba, Sanchez and Lukaku leading the line

Manchester United will travel to London on Wednesday, this time facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League. It will be the final fixture of February, which will have seen United play six matches, so far winning three, drawing once and losing once. In March, United will play five matches, seeing the Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League return, facing Wolverhampton Wanders and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has worked wonders since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, taking charge of 14 matches, this one being the 15th, winning 11, drawing twice and losing just once, meaning that the Norwegian caretaker manager has led United into the top four, although with Arsenal winning on Sunday afternoon, it sees them slipping back into fifth place, meaning they will need to beat Palace and hope Arsenal slip up against Bournemouth, kicking off 15 minutes before United’s match.

Solskjaer’s side has scored 30 goals, conceded nine goals, kept seven clean sheets, winning three Emirates FA Cup matches, losing one UEFA Champions League match, winning eight Premier League matches, drawing twice, earning 26 points in the league, out of a possible 30. In January, Solskjaer won the Premier League Manager of the Month award, with Marcus Rashford winning the Premier League Player of the Month award and Solskjaer could well be nominated for February’s award too.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;


Dalot, Fred;


Sanchez, Lukaku


Romero; Bailly, Rojo; Pereira, Garner; Rashford, Chong

United have lost once in their last six matches. On Sunday, they drew 0-0 with Premier League leaders Liverpool, keeping a clean sheet despite losing four players to injury in the match. United have won three, drawn twice and lost once in the last six matches, scoring eight goals, conceding four goals and keeping four clean sheets, which is an achievement considering the number of goals the club leaked under Jose Mourinho during the first half of the season.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last six matches. On Saturday, they beat Leicester City 4-1 with former United players, Wilfried Zaha scoring a brace in the game. Palace has won four matches, drawing twice in their last six, scoring 12 goals, conceding just three and keeping three clean sheets, two of which were in the Emirates FA Cup in the victories over Spurs and Doncaster Rovers. Roy Hodgson could see his side get a victory over United this week, with injuries likely to play a big part.

United and Palace have played 54 times in the history of both clubs. United has won 36 times, drawing 11 times and losing just seven times. The last defeat to Palace was in the League Cup on the 30th November 2011, a 2-1 defeat for United. This was the match that Wilfried Zaha first showed his talents to Sir Alex Ferguson, who bought the player in January 2013, just over 13 months later. In the last 12 meetings, United are undefeated, winning 10 and drawing twice, once at home, once away.

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