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How Manchester United Should Line Up Against Crystal Palace On Saturday

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Players, fans and officials applaud as they remember ex-England manager Graham Taylor who passed away at the age of 72 on Thursday prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Manchester United face a massive game versus Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

They play Crystal Palace, who sit bottom of the table on zero points with zero goals scored and 13 conceded. The Eagles are also on their second manager of the season following the departure of Frank de Boer who was replaced by ex-England boss Roy Hodgson.

Free-scoring Manchester United are at the opposite end of the table sitting joint-top with Manchester City who edge the Red Devils on goal difference.

While Saturday’s game at Old Trafford should be a formality, Jose Mourinho will be aware two of his rivals are in London that same evening as Manchester City prepare to take on Chelsea where points will be lost, giving United a great opportunity to gain an advantage – something they failed to do on many occasions last season.

It also represents a great chance to claw back Pep Guardiola’s men’s four-goal advantage in a season where goal difference could be a major factor in the title run in.

Mourinho, however, has injury concerns. Paul Pogba is still out with a hamstring injury while club captain Michael Carrick, the in-form Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini, who was controversially injured by Republic of Ireland International Shane Long last weekend, are unlikely to feature against the Eagles.

Anthony Martial was forced off in Moscow with a muscle injury and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

David de Gea should continue in goal as he stakes his claim as the best keeper in the world following impressive saves last weekend against Southampton and CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.

Antonio Valencia was rested in midweek and should return to action while Chris Smalling is expected to cover the injured Jones as Victor Lindelof continues to adapt to English football. Ashley Young meanwhile should continue at left-back with Mourinho liking his crossing ability and attacking nature.

The absence of Pogba and Fellaini gives Ander Herrera the chance to impress alongside the impressive Nemanja Matic.

Juan Mata should return after being a sub on Wednesday with Marcus Rashford on the flank  while Romelu Lukaku is unstoppable after netting his tenth goal of the season in all competitions during the week and will certainly start up top once more.

The lineup on Saturday should be:

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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