Confirmed Starting XI: Martial leads the line against Crystal Palace; Zaha starts on return to Old Trafford

Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this afternoon in the Premier League; the first traditional Saturday afternoon kickoff for United this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to continue his good start to the season, beating Chelsea 4-0 and drawing 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Roy Hodgson has not been successful so far this season and will be looking for a reaction from his squad. It will be tough for them to get a result at Old Trafford, knowing that they have travelled to the stadium six times without a result since last winning a match there in November 2011 in the League Cup. That will only make it tougher for them.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Pogba;

James, Lingard, Rashford;



Romero; Young, Tuanzebe; Mata, Pereira, Matic; Greenwood

Crystal Palace:


Ward, Cahill, Kelly, Van Aanholt;

McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate;

Zaha, Ayew, Schlupp


Hennessey; Dann; Meyer, Townsend, Wickham, McCarthy; Benteke

United has played Palace 55 times with United winning 37 matches, drawing 11 and losing seven times. Palace last defeated United in the League Cup back in 2011 – a match which directed Sir Alex Ferguson to sign Wilfried Zaha. 13 matches played since, Palace are winless with United winning 11 times, drawing twice.

Palace has not won a single match against United in the Premier League of the 20 played, losing 16 times and drawing four. United have scored 40 goals against Palace in the league, conceding just eight goals. Solskjaer will want to keep this record over the London club at Old Trafford, as will the supporters as it keeps United’s dominance over Palace.

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