Man United vs Crystal Palace: EPL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI
Fresh from their EFL Cup third-round meeting on Tuesday, Man United vs Crystal Palace, they renew acquaintances at Old Trafford for a Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon.
- Location: Manchester, England
- Stadium: Old Trafford
- Date: Saturday 30 September
- Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- VAR: Peter Bankes
Man United vs Crystal Palace: Match Preview
Manchester United have struggled to hit the heights of the 2022/23 season in the early days of the new campaign. The Red Devils have been vulnerable at the back while having a non-existent midfield at times. But the last two games have provided cause for optimism, with Erik ten Hag's men beating Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Speaking of Crystal Palace, the Eagles have blown hot and cold thus far this term. They have won two, drawn two, and lost two of their six Premier League games. Roy Hodgson has done a decent job in the ongoing campaign, inspiring solid performances from his players.
Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup third round earlier this week.
Erik ten Hag was able to welcome a number of players back to the starting 11 against Crystal Palace on Tuesday like Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount and Raphael Varane. There is a very real chance that all three of them will start on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Rasmus Hojlund will presumably all come back into the starting XI, with only Hojlund seeing any minutes on Tuesday. A number of players remain out of action such as Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Amad Diallo, Kobbie Mainoo and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Sergio Reguilon, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay could come back into contention on Saturday.
There were plenty of injuries for Roy Hodgson to think about coming into the Carabao Cup game, with Michael Olise, Matheus Franca, Jefferson Lerma, James Tomkins and Naouirou Ahamada all missing out on that clash with injuries.
With the next game coming so soon afterwards, Hodgson will have plenty of issues to continue to deal with. The likes of Marc Guehi and Eberechi Eze are expected to come back into the starting lineup as they were benched in the cup.
Man United vs Crystal Palace: Head to Head and Key Stats
- Manchester United have a good record against Crystal Palace and have won 41 out of the 64 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Crystal Palace's 10 victories.
- Manchester United won this exact fixture by a 2-1 scoreline last season in February this year and have not won consecutive league games against Crystal Palace since March this year.
- After winning 16 of their first 20 matches against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Manchester United have won only three of their last eight such games in the competition.
- Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in their previous home game and have not lost consecutive such games in the Premier League since 2021.
Man Utd predicted lineup vs Palace (4-2-3-1): Onana; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Reguilon; Casemiro, Amrabat; Fernandes, Mejbri, Rashford; Hojlund.
Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Ward, Holding, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Hughes; Ayew, Eze, Schlupp; Edouard.
MU vs CRY: Fantasy XI
Onana; Dalot, Varane, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Amrabat; Fernandes, Eze, Rashford; Hojlund.