Manchester United host the Eagles this weekend with rumours abound that Robin van Persie may be dropped in favour of youngster James Wilson.
Can anyone put a finger on where Manchester United are currently at? Louis van Gaal asked to be judged after three months in the job, a milestone which has been and gone, yet we’re still no closer to working out exactly how good or bad they are.
They haven’t named the same line-up in consecutive games yet this season, with injuries and suspensions playing havoc with LVG’s plans. They’ll again, have to name a different line-up this weekend as Chris Smalling is suspended and Marcos Rojo was injured in last week’s derby defeat to Manchester City.
Rumours circulating today suggest Robin Van Persie may be dropped in favour of James Wilson, with Van Gaal having been impressed with what he has seen of the youngster.
The talk at the time of Radamel Falcao signing was who would lose their place as a result of his arrival, yet the Colombian has spent more time on the sideline than on the pitch, so it would be a major surprise to see Van Persie dropped in favour of Wilson.
United will likey have a makeshift defence again tomorrow, similar to what they had when they faced West Ham earlier in the season, and it may be anything but a straightforward afternoon for them.
Palace come into this game without their suspended skipper Mile Jedinak, and without a win in their last five games. Monday night’s defeat to Sunderland was a tough pill to swallow, as Neil Warnock and his players felt hard done by by the refereeing performance of Phil Dowd.
Perhaps more worrying is the recent form they’ve shown, which now sees them sitting in 17th place, and the the lift they seemed to have received from the return of Warnock has well and truly worn off. One bright spot going into tomorrow’s game is that they haven’t been overrun by anybody away from home this season, so they’ll be confident of giving a much changed United side a run for their money.
United to get back to winning ways with a hard fought victory but with a scare or two along the way.
Man Utd 3 – 1 Palace
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena