Manchester United return to Premier League action at Old Trafford with a visit from 16th placed Crystal Palace at 15:00(GMT) on Saturday, 24th November.
After a poor performance at Manchester City, Mourinho’s United will be looking to bounce right back in their quest for breaking into the top four. The Red Devils currently sit 8th on the log, possessing the same number of points (20) as 6th placed Bournemouth and 7th placed Watford. Having conceded 12 goals in their last 6 PL games, United’s priority should be ensuring a clean sheet is maintained.
Palace have lost 6 of their last 7 games, making a visit to Old Trafford at this time extremely unfavourable for the Eagles. Sitting uncomfortably at 16th on the table, Palace need a desperate turnaround in form to escape the relegation battle. Roy Hodgson will be hoping that the international break has re ignited the passion and fight in some of his players as they look to cause an upset at Old Trafford.
Big news coming out is that Diogo Dalot is back from his injury and will be looking to break into United’s starting XI.
Anthony Martial is also back in the team and will look to continue his goal scoring streak. Paul Pogba has recovered fully and is expected to play a key role in United’s midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini who was confirmed to start by Mourinho on Friday. The boss also clarified that Eric Bailly, who has fallen down the pecking order due to his poor form, is not part of the match squad. Luke Shaw is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the Etihad.
Predicted lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Fellaini, Pogba, Matic; Lingard, Sanchez, Martial
Palace defenders Tomkins and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both expected to be back in action on Saturday after suffering minor injury setbacks recently. Wan-Bissaka has been Palace’s best player this season but if he is not available then expect Hodgson to turn to Joel Ward. The Palace boss also confirmed that Sakho is available for selection.
Dann, Wickham and Benteke all remain injured. Milivojević will be a key figure in the midfield. Ex-United winger Wilfred Zaha is also thought to be fit for the encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday and could be vital in Palace’s attempt at striking a blow.
Predicted lineup: Hennessey; Ward, Sakho, Tomkins, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Milivojević, Kouyate, McArthur; Zaha, Sorloth, Ayew.
Both teams will walk out on the pitch unsatisfied with their performances so far this season and will be looking to regain some important form heading into the busy December period. What many think to be a regulation win for United is everything but: expect Palace to come all guns blazing. Saturday’s clash promises to excite after a long international break, expect the very best of PL action!
Match prediction: United 3-1 Palace