Manchester United get their new campaign underway against Crystal Palace this weekend, as Roy Hodgson takes his Eagles to Old Trafford on Saturday. It’s been a rough summer for the Red Devils, while their visitors here made a flying start to the season last weekend.
Where and when: Old Trafford – 19 September, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace: Sky Sports
Last time: Goals in each half from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were enough to seal a 2-0 victory for Manchester United when the teams last met at Selhurst Park in July.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace Predictions and Preview
As if the controversy surrounding Manchester United captain Harry Maguire wasn’t enough, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was then treated to a fresh furore in the shape of his brightest prospect’s extra-curricular misdemeanours. The Reds are looking to put Maguire’s and Mason Greenwood’s issues behind them this weekend, while the absent Old Trafford faithful have a new signing to look forward to.
Donny van de Beek has shown that he’s a class act for Ajax and Holland in recent seasons, and the midfielder could prove to be the final piece in a midfield puzzle which has troubled Man United for many years now. Alongside Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, Solskjaer finally looks as though he has an engine room which can compete at the highest level.
United have a long way to go, of course, before they can challenge Premier League champions Liverpool and neighbours Manchester City, but with a youthful, exciting front line containing the likes of Rashford, Martial and new No.11 Greenwood, the hosts should have more than enough to get their campaign off to a winning start this weekend.
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Wilfried Zaha was once a young and exciting Old Trafford prospect, although his time in Manchester didn’t work out in the manner hoped and expected. Rumours continue to circle around the Ivorian winger’s future at Palace, but he remains an Eagle for now and proved his worth by netting the only goal in his team’s 1-0 victory over Southampton on the opening day of the season.
Zaha will be a threat once again, and always seems to have something to prove when he returns to this stadium, even if there won’t be any home supporters in attendance on Saturday afternoon. A raft of Palace players will be absent this weekend too, with Hodgson looking likely to be without as many as seven men for this tough trip north.
Defenders Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Gary Cahill are all injured, along with strike duo Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham. The home team, meanwhile, could be without Pogba after the French midfielder missed a few training sessions following a positive coronavirus test.
That won’t stop the Red Devils entering the game as hot favourites to pick up the win in your Manchester United vs Crystal Palace predictions. Solskjaer’s side are priced at 1/3 to begin their campaign with three points, while the visitors are available at 10/1 with William Hill. A draw would be an excellent result for the Eagles, and you can back that at 24/5.
One to watch for Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes has proven to be a transformational signing for United, and their fans will hope the Portuguese playmaker continues the new season in the same vein as the second half of the last one. As the Reds’ penalty taker, Fernandes is 17/4 to open the scoring on Saturday.
One to watch for Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha only managed four Premier League goals last season, despite featuring in every single one of Palace’s 38 fixtures. He will hope for a much better return this season after hitting double figures the campaign before, and the Ivorian is available at 15/1 to break the deadlock for the second time in as many matches.
Long shot: Patrick van Aanholt scored a 93rd-minute winner for Palace in last season’s corresponding fixture, after Daniel James had equalised for Man United just a few minutes before. The Eagles are 28/1 to repeat that upset with another 2-1 victory at Old Trafford this weekend.