Manchester United face a tough trip to Crystal Palace
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Manchester United face a tough trip to Crystal Palace

05/05/24 09:06

With Champions League qualification now out of the question, Manchester United’s focus is on preparing for the all-important FA Cup final against Manchester City at the end of the month, and the next stop on their road is an away trip to Crystal Palace on Bank Holiday Monday.

Erik Ten Hag’s men enter Monday night off a rollercoaster week which began with the dramatic penalty shootout win over Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final, a 4-2 win over Sheffield United, ending with a disappointing draw at Old Trafford against relegation candidate Burnley.

Palace will look to continue their inspired form under the new management of Oliver Glasner, having lost just three out of 10 games since he took charge, they are unbeaten in their last four games including an impressive 1-0 over Liverpool at Anfield.

Head to Head

The sides have met twice this season starting with a 3-0 United win in the Carabao Cup, knocking Palace out in the third round. This was followed four days later by a 1-0 Palace win in the Premier League, where Joachim Anderson’s first-half goal sealed all three points for the visitors.

Palace will take joy in the fact that United have not won in South London since 2020, with two draws and one loss in that time.

Player to watch

April Player of The Month nominee Jean-Phillipe Mateta is undoubtedly the one to watch in this game. Following a month where he scored five times, including back to back braces against West Ham United and Newcastle at Selhurst Park, it would not be a surprise to see him on the scoresheet again against a Manchester United defence that has given up their fair share of goals in recent weeks.

Team News

As is the trend with United this season, injuries will trouble them once again on Monday night. Ten Hag has confirmed that they will again be without Marcus Rashford, who has missed their previous two matches after suffering an injury in the FA Cup semi-final.

Burno Fernandes is a big doubt for the match, and would be a huge miss for United after having just been nominated for Player of The Month.

Scott McTominay is also doubtful however they will likely receive a boost in defence with Jonny Evans returning as long as he continues to train without issues before the game.

Glasner has confirmed that both Marc Guehi and Eberechi Eze will be available to play, with former Red Dean Henderson likely to start in goal again as Sam Johnstone, another ex-Red, remains out for the season.

Match Officials

Referee: Jarred Gillet.

Assistants: Lee Betts, Neil Davies.

Fourth Official: Graham Scott.

VAR: Tony Harrington.

Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis.

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