|Manchester United will hope to make it two wins in two back-to-back games against Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, will the Eagles let them? (Photo credit: 90Min)|
The fans at Old Trafford would hope their team delivers more of the same from midweek after the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup to set up a date with Newcastle in the round of 16.
Anthony Martial rounded off the scoring after Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro had given United a deserving 2-0 first-half win. Mason Mount grabbed his first assist of the season in the game, with Sofyan Amrabat enjoying his full debut as well.
The Eagles sit one place and one point behind Manchester United on the league table, and a win away from home could see them jump as high as 7th on the log depending on what happens in other games on Saturday.
Marc Guehi will return to the starting lineup, as will Eberchi Eze, who was also rested in the League Cup defeat to United. It will be a different game with a different approach, but the hosts remain the favorites to win this fixture.
United hasn’t enjoyed an easy season so far. Three wins in six games have left them in 9th on the log, and that’s a country mile away from their neighbors, who currently lead the table. United sits five points off the fourth spot and won’t want to risk another slip-up on Saturday.
What will Palace do differently? Roy Hodgson will return to the 4-2-3-1 formation that has yielded dividends this season but will be cautious with the hosts, who are capable of springing surprises on fast breaks and long balls.
Rafael Varane is back and available for selection, but Lisandro Martinez has been ruled out for an extended period after suffering a relapse on his foot injury. Johnny Evans was solid despite his age in midweek and could be named on the bench, with Victor Lindelof expected to partner Varane.
Rasmus Hojlund is the man expected to lead the line. Anthony is back in the squad after being granted permission to continue playing amidst sexual assault allegations, but Jadon Sancho is still expected to be frozen out.