Manchester United’s 1-1 draw on Monday night against Wolverhampton Wanderers was marred by the post-match racial abuse slurred by the fans towards Paul Pogba for missing a 2nd half penalty.
But United’s display at Molineaux Stadium should be seen as a step towards the right direction, and a deserved one point earned for efforts and vibrant performance.
Coming away with a point from the home of a team which outperformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men last season shows that the Red Devils are heading in the right direction. The visitors were clearly the better of the two in the first half, looking dangerous in the opponent’s territory, with a good defensive display thwarting Wolves’ front foot approach in the 2nd half.
It’s too early to say, though, that how far this team has come since Ole took over the reins, but United looks a tad too potent with Anthony Martial playing as a no-9 in the team.
Crystal Palace went down 1-0 to the newly promoted Sheffield United last weekend. The defeat was not the major point of concern for the Eagles, but the dab display and the clear and obvious detachment between the midfield and attackers, show that Roy Hodgson has a big job at hand to save this sinking ship.
The Premier League match will be played between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. The ground has a capacity of 76,000.
The game will start at 07:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, August 24.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester United – W W W W W D
Crystal Palace – L W D L D L
Manchester United Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Manchester United Probable XI:
Gea (GK), Luke Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Crystal Palace FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Crystal Palace Probable XI:
Guaita (GK), Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Zaha, Benteke
Potential Game Changers, and total Dream11 points earned in the tournament:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Anthony Martial: Looks a totally different player at the moment. The new role seems to have rejuvenated his desire to give his all for this famous shirt. He is in line to become just the fourth player in the history of Manchester United to score in the opening three games.
Last season in the Premier League:
Marcus Rashford: His impact goes beyond just goals. The young English international is a kind of talent which ha no limits.
Wilfried Zaha: Palace are reluctant to sell him in this transfer window. And why not, he is worth Goldust to Crystal Palace. A fit and determined Zaha could be the difference between Palace eying a comfortable mid-table finish and fighting a battle for survival.
Christian Benteke: Certainly not at his best these days. But the former Aston Villa is a proven goalscorer at the top level. He can dominate any defender in the air.
Strength and Attributes:
Andros Townsend: With his pace on the right-wing and the trickery on the ball, the former Spurs star can be and usually is a very effective player for Roy Hodgson.
Against the newbies, we back him to have a good game.
CRY vs MUN Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester United are clear favorites here.