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May 6, 2024

Crystal Palace vs Man United: Preview, team news, head-to-head

Crystal Palace vs Man United: Preview, team news, head-to-head

Crystal Palace will host Manchester United at Selhurst Park this evening in a crucial Premier League match. The outcome could significantly impact United manager Erik ten Hag’s future, as his team is currently locked in a fierce battle for the remaining European spots.

Despite not playing over the weekend, Manchester United dropped two places in the table. Wins for Newcastle and Chelsea saw them leapfrog United, pushing Ten Hag’s side down to eighth position.

On Thursday, Ten Hag confirmed that Bruno Fernandes is doubtful for the game and that a late decision would be made on Scott McTominay.

The news of Jonny Evans’ return ahead of tonight’s game was even more of a boost when it was revealed on Sunday night that Harry Maguire had picked up a knock and will be out for three weeks. Additionally, Marcus Rashford is unavailable for the trip to the capital.

Team News

Crystal Palace will again be without the services of Sam Johnstone, Cheick Doucoure, Jefferson Lerma, Rob Holding and Matheus Franca for the clash with Man United through injury.

Eberechi Eze and Marc Guehi are both set to return to the squad. Guehi has recovered from the knee operation he underwent in February, while Eze has overcome a knee problem of his own.

Regarding Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes, who was photographed wearing wrist protection on Friday, is a slight doubt. However, Ten Hag hinted during his press conference that he expects his captain to be available.

Anthony Martial has not yet fully resumed training with his teammates, so he will once again be unavailable. Marcus Rashford remains absent for the 20-time English champions, along with Harry Maguire, Willy Kambwala, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, and Tyrell Malacia.

Head-to-head

Crystal Palace wins: 5

Manchester United wins: 20

Draw: 5

Crystal Palace possible starting XI:
Henderson; Clyne, Andersen, Richards; Munoz, Wharton, Hughes, Mitchell; Olise, Mateta, Eze

Manchester United possible starting XI:
Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Evans, Dalot; McTominay, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund