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Starting XI: Jones and Fellaini return; Lukaku set to devastate Palace

Manchester United welcome Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon with Roy Hodgson’s side seeking their first win point(s) in the league this season. Six matches played, six lost, 13 goals conceded and not one goal scored. Frank De Boer was sacked with Hodgson coming into replace him, surprisingly. Palace are currently bottom of the Premier League and could be in dire straits come the close of play on Saturday with seven gave and not point on the board. Jose Mourinho will be seeking another three-pointer ahead of the second international break of the season with Liverpool on the horizon for the Red Devils, the first major test of the new season. Palace may be in terrible form, losing to Manchester City 5-0 last weekend, and this may seem a bad time to be playing United, but it could be just as uncertain for United with Palace aiming to change their poor form.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young;

Matic, Fellaini;

Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Lingard, Herrera; Martial

Manchester United and Crystal Palace have played 51 times in the history of both clubs, the first match being played on the 26th August 1922, a 2-1 victory for United. In total, United have won 34 times, drawing ten times and losing just seven times. In this fixture last season, United won 2-0 with Josh Harrop scoring the opening goal, his debut goal and Paul Pogba scoring the other. It was also a match which saw 16-year-old Angel Gomes make his first team bow, the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to make his debut. United have had many unbeaten runs over Palace, a 13 match run commencing with a 3-1 victory on the 30th November 1991, lasting until the 0-0 draw on the 5th March 2005, losing 2-1, that League Cup match on the 30th November 2011 – the last time United were beaten by Palace. Currently, United are on a nine-match unbeaten run over Palace, winning eight times, drawing once. United could open a ten-match unbeaten run against Palace on Saturday afternoon.

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