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Man United vs Crystal Palace: Early Team News

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Man United vs Crystal Palace: Early Team News

In the buildup to Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, coach Erik ten Hag is faced with some crucial decisions regarding his starting XI. After making seven changes for the Carabao Cup victory over Palace earlier in the week, it will be interesting to see which players he selects for the weekend’s Premier League fixture against the same opponents. The 15:00 BST kick-off on Saturday presents an opportunity for Manchester United to secure their third successive win in all competitions and build on consecutive clean sheets, which have been a positive aspect of their recent performances.

The Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace provided several positives for United. Mason Mount, making his third competitive appearance for the club, notched his first assist, setting up Casemiro’s unstoppable header. Although he was withdrawn at half-time, the manager clarified that this was a planned move, and there is hope that the England international will be available to start again in the upcoming game.

Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire also started in the Carabao Cup match, pushing their claims for a place at the heart of United’s defense. Sofyan Amrabat made an excellent first impression on the Old Trafford crowd with his aggression and quality, making him a valuable option for the team. However, he might be required to play at left-back again if Sergio Reguilon remains unavailable due to illness.

The midfield could see the return of key players like Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen, who were absent from the matchday squad earlier in the week. Anthony Martial got off the mark for the season with a stunning goal in the Carabao Cup match, providing more options in the attacking department. Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford are additional choices in attack, with Rashford having scored in this fixture against Palace last season.

Bruno Fernandes, who netted the opener in the previous league encounter against Palace in February, will be eager to return to the starting lineup after being an unused substitute in the Carabao Cup match.

While there’s optimism regarding player availability, some injury concerns persist for Manchester United. Lisandro Martinez is a doubt, and the team could still be without key players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo, Amad, Antony, and Jadon Sancho.

The match against Palace also showcased the talent of Academy graduates, with Dan Gore making his senior debut, and Hannibal being another midfield option. Uruguay international Facundo Pellistri has been deployed as a right-winger in two of the past three matches, adding depth to the squad.

On the Palace side, goalkeeper Dean Henderson looks set to miss out after his Eagles debut was cut short in the Carabao Cup match. Sam Johnstone, another former United Academy keeper, is expected to start in his place. Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Henderson would need a scan to assess the extent of his injury. Palace will welcome back several key players, including Marc Guehi, Joel Ward, and Joachim Andersen. However, there are doubts over the availability of Odsonne Edouard, Naouirou Ahamada, and Jairo Riedewald.

In summary, Manchester United faces some key decisions regarding player selection as they aim to secure a third consecutive victory in all competitions. While injuries continue to be a concern, the return of some key players and the emergence of young talent provide options for coach Erik ten Hag. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, is dealing with potential absences that could impact their lineup. The stage is set for an intriguing Premier League clash between these two sides.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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