Preview: Manchester United out to annihilate Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park?


Crystal Palace -v- Manchester United

Selhurst Park, London

Premier League 2017/18

Monday 5th March 2018; KO 20:00 GMT

Live on Sky Sports Premier League HD

Manchester United face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Monday evening. Fresh from their 2-1 victory over Chelsea last weekend, United may well have turned a corner after their poor run of results in the last few weeks. United did return to second in the league after beating the reigning Premier League champions, but after Liverpool beat Newcastle United on Saturday, Jose Mourinho’s side slipped back into third place this weekend, which could see Liverpool occupying the second spot for more than 48 hours, which is something they will probably celebrate. Manchester City continued their great run this season by beating Chelsea, albeit by only one goal, opening up a 19 point lead over United.

Mourinho will be seeking his side return to second in the league and claw back three points on the deficit with nine matches remaining in the league this season (after this game anyway). United are unlikely to challenge City for the Premier League title, but continuing the season with a fight will do the side some good ahead of next season where Mourinho will be tasked with challenging the likes of City for the title. This season there have been some improvements with United being in the top four, well second for the majority of the season. Ending the season as the top of the flops, or second as many will say, will be good for the team and also be the first top two finish post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

Form: Manchester United defeat in two of their last six matches, Crystal Palace are winless in five of their last six matches

Manchester United: WDWLWL – Chelsea 2-1 W, Sevilla 0-0 D, Huddersfield Town 2-0 W, Newcastle United 1-0 L, Huddersfield Town 2-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 L

Crystal Palace: DLLDDLW – Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 L, Everton 3-1 L, Newcastle United 1-1 D, West Ham United 1-1 D, Arsenal 4-1 L, Burnley 1-0 W

Previous Matches: United reigning supreme against Palace with ten matches since their last defeat to the London club

Manchester United and Crystal Palace have played 52 matches 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 35 matches, drawn ten times and lost seven times. The last defeat to Palace came on the 30th November 2011 in the League Cup with Wilfried Zaha knocking United out of the competition at the time. There have been ten matches since that defeat with United winning nine times and drawing just once. United’s longest unbeaten run against Palace lasted 13 games, from the 30th November 1991 to the 5th March 2005. United won ten times and drew three times, scoring 28 goals, conceding six goals and keeping nine clean sheets. United beat Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Many will want to see a performance like that on Monday evening.

Team News: Herrera, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Fellaini and Ibrahimovic out of this game; Palace have bigger injury problems

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the squad which faced Chelsea will be the same to face Palace. Marouane Fellaini has had surgery for his latest injury and will be back in action in a couple of weeks according to the Portuguese manager. It was also confirmed that Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Daley Blind will be out of action due to injury. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been training recently after taking time out to properly recover from his knee injury and it is expected that he will be involved in the UEFA Champions League against Sevilla in just over a weeks time. Roy Hodgson will be without a whole host of players, including Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Palace have 13 other players on the sidelines, many of them out of this match completely.

Predicted Starting XI: Manchester United to run riot at Selhurst Park once again?

Predicted Score: United to score four more goals in one match this season?

Crystal Palace 0-4 Manchester United

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