Manchester United are going up against Crystal Palace for their Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park on Monday evening. The Red Devils are coming off an inspired 2-1 win over their rivals, Chelsea in the last league fixture while Palace are back in the relegation scraps after losing 3 and drawing 2 in their last 5 league games.
Jose Mourinho’s men will be eager to get the maximum points out of this fixture to overtake Liverpool in the second spot of the points table but a win will be hard to come by against a team motivated to escape relegation.
This is the time of the season when the competition starts to heat up with the top half of the table fighting for a European spot and the bottom half trying to save themselves from the drop to a lower division, in this case, the EFL Championship. With everybody desperate to get results, no team can be ruled out completely and viewers find themselves privy to multiple shock results.
Manchester United might not be in the race for the league title anymore this year but their ambitions of winning silverware are still alive in the FA Cup and the European competition. Their ‘Noisy Neighbours’ Manchester City have been at the top of the table with a 16-point lead and Mourinho will be careful to not let them further that gap.
The Eagles looked favourable towards a finish outside of the bottom-three earlier in the year but due to their bad run of form in recent time, it is hard to say if they start the next season in the Premier League. Roy Hodgson needs to take note of Rafael Benitez’s tactics which saw Newcastle United get the 1-0 win over the Old Trafford-side in the previous month and somehow manage to get some points out of this unfavourable fixture.
Here is how Manchester United might lineup on matchday.
Formation : 4-3-3
David de Gea is the first choice to appear in between the sticks despite being heavily linked with a move away to Real Madrid. The Spanish shot-stopper should feature behind a backline of Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia.
Nemanja Matic is expected to hold the anchor role with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay operating in front of him as the creative options.
Romelu Lukaku is the predicted starter in the number nine role. The Belgian might be flanked by Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford.