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Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United | Premier League | Selhurst Park | KO 20:15 | Sky Sports

Manchester United are a team whose season is in danger of fizzling into nothingness.

Their 0-0 draw against Chelsea at the weekend means that they have now gone 20 away Premier League games unbeaten, an impressive feat.

However, their inability to beat top six opposition, to win in the biggest of matches, means that United look miles off the pace in terms of being title contenders.

They next travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, looking to simply score and win for the first time over 180 minutes of football, having fired blanks in their previous two fixtures.

How do Manchester United Look?

United will again be without Frenchman Paul Pogba, who is also a huge doubt for the Manchester Derby at the weekend.

Since he has been injured, United have struggled creatively; teams simply have to man-mark Bruno Fernandes to stop their attacking threat.

One Pogba returns to the side, The Reds will have another dimension in attack and the performances and results will undoubtedly improve.

Phil Jones is again unavailable and there are now doubts over whether he will make it back before the end of the season.

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking about Jones, said “He’s working really hard. He has had a couple of setbacks. It is just that kind of injury where you have to be patient and give him time”.

Juan Mata is also expected to be out, as he is still nursing a slight injury.

Edinson Cavani has missed United last few matches, but things are starting to look brighter for him now, and he may even be part of the squad that travels to Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

On Cavani, the boss said, “Edi has trained this morning and hopefully there is no reaction”, a positive sign from Solskjaer, who is in desperate need of an in-form striker.

There are also one or two minor injury issues in the squad that may need to be assessed before kick-off, to determine who makes the starting eleven.

Opposition: Crystal Palace

Premier League perennials at this point, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side sit 13th in the table, ten points above the relegation zone, and look destined for a mid-table finish.

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They are well known for having a reliance on Wilfried Zaha, who is far and away their biggest threat.

Fortunately for United though, the hosts will likely be without their main man, who has only recently returned to training.

Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell, James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are all unavailable, as is James Tomkins.

Key Stats

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Manchester United have not lost away to Crystal Palace since the invention of the Premier League, their last loss at Selhurst Park coming way back in 1991, in the old first division.

Prediction

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United.

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