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27 February 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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The Palace Preview: Manchester United

27 February 2019

Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park thid evening, with both sides coming into the game in good form.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, last losing away to Liverpool back in December 2018. They have won eight of those 10 games since, only drawing with Burnley and leaders Liverpool last time out.

Palace, meanwhile, have only lost twice since the turn of the year, both narrowly and in the space of a week, at home to Watford and away at Anfield. Those two defeats are the Eagles' only ones in the last 11 Premier League outings, so it's fair to bill tonight's clash as a meeting of two of the division's form sides.

Despite the current good run, the home side are yet to ever record a Premier League win over the visitors, having last beaten them in the league in May 1991 - a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park in the old Division One.

The history is the history, but current form and this season's exploits can be a source of optimism for the Eagles ahead this evening's challenge. On top of that, a number of United players could miss out through injury following Sunday afternoon's slog with Liverpool.

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Hodgson: Sakho is unavailable for United clash

27 February 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has provided an injury update for United, who lost three players to injury facing the Reds on Sunday. Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata were all taken off and will not feature tomorrow. Marcus Rashford has a slim chance of playing but it is unlikely while Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo also cannot play.

Mamadou Sakho hobbled off at the King Power Stadium and cannot feature today whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka ("hamstring problem") and Martin Kelly ("muscle strain") missed last week's clash entirely. Connor Wickham and Pape Souare have been out for some time.

United could be without as many as nine first team players, with Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all having injury complaints in the build up to the game.

Tactical overview

Solskjaer has the Red Devils firing, with them having hit 23 goals in his 10 league games in charge. Both he and Rashford won PL awards for performance in January, with the England striker hitting three in four to kick off 2019. Paul Pogba has been born again under the Norwegian, scoring nine and assisting six in all competitions since the change in manager.

It will be interesting to see how the Eagles defend against the World Cup winner, with United missing so many key players he will likely be the major threat. Roy Hodgson has Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer at his disposal in central midfield, with a combination of about three of those five likely to start the game at Selhurst Park.

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Martin Atkinson will take charge of the clash with Lee Betts and Harry Lennard as Assistants. David Coote will be the Fourth Official.

Luka Milivojevic has scored more Premier League goals than any other Crystal Palace player since his debut in February 2017 (20 goals).

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Report: Palace fail to deliver late fight-back

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United

27 February 2019

Crystal Palace fell to a harsh-looking scoreline under the lights of Selhurst Park this evening as an in-form Manchester United side bagged three goals to nullify the Eagles' threatening-looking fightback.

Despite Joel Ward earning them a chance to gain a point when he netted after a Romelu Lukaku brace, Palace were to be defeated when Ashley Young sealed the win for the visitors late in the match.

Early on, the hosts had to suffer a tame, opening scare to spark the clash into life as a bouncing ball fell deep into their half. With Vicente Guaita racing out to claim it, Lukaku was able to head towards an unguarded goal, however Martin Kelly calmly mopped up to cleared the threat.

For the second time, Lukaku came within inches of opening the scoring when, from Luke Shaw's outswinging corner, he appeared unmarked in the centre of Palace's box only to blast narrowly wide from less than 10 yards.

At the other end of the pitch, it was the Eagles who caught their opposition unaware as James McArthur jinked down the left-wing before cutting inside to David de Gea's box where he rolled the ball to Andros Townsend. Frustratingly, the 27-year-old could only blaze wide in a fashion similar to Lukaku.

Inches of the warm evening's air was all that separated the ball and the inside of the net again as Townsend picked up possession on the edge of United's area before launching an effort at goal which went agonisingly close.

But it was United who would find themselves celebrating first after Lukaku, at the third time of asking, found the net with a smart finish from 18 yards which nestled into the unmoved Guaita's net.

Immediately responding following the game's re-start, Townsend whipped in a sublime cross which Jeffrey Schlupp met just a little too softly as he glanced the ball over the bar having launched his head up from very close-range.

Opening the second half, Paul Pogba prodded a header over following Alexis Sanchez's chipped ball and perhaps should have done better with the opportunity.

The Red Devils' dominance yielded a second as Lukaku doubled his tally for the night following a defensive scramble. Guaita flung himself at his feet but the Belgian hooked the ball home even under pressure. Looking to respond, Wilfried Zaha raced to strike home from McArthur's ball, however he was just unable to meet the cross in time.

Zaha came close again for the Eagles when he fancifully stepped his way past Young before unleashing a shot from a tight angle at the near post. De Gea, however, was equal to the effort. For his third chance in as many minutes, Palace's Ivorian midfielder then headed over from the same near post as Selhurst Park inhaled sharply in unison.

Another chance then passed the Eagles by when James Tomkins managed to force a looping header in the direction of goal, though it was slightly too high to open his side's account.

The opener came, however, moments later via an unlikely source. With Palace retaining possession on the edge of United's box under relentless defensive questioning, Schlupp broke free to crack a cross high to his right which Ward hurled himself at with an emphatic outcome.

Palace's resurgence seemed to have been catalysed by a smart substitution that saw Max Meyer take to the turf. Minutes after Ward's flying goal, the German midfielder looked to pull Palace level, but his means of doing so - a fine long-distance shot - were denied comfortably by De Gea.

Seeking to build on his team's momentum, Luka Milivojevic struck a goalbound free-kick just wide before, at the other end of the pitch, Guaita flew to his left where he thumped away a probing effort.

Well on-top by this point, the Eagles were to have their hopes of a comeback shattered when United's captain Young struck home with venom into their net from a shallow angle in the box.

With the game seemingly won, Ole Gunnar Solskjær handed a first-team debut to 17-year-old James Garner who saw out the match with the rest of the United team despite the best efforts of Christian Benteke, who headed low into De Gea's hands with the last chance of the night.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt (Kouyate 83), Tomkins, Kelly, Ward, Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur (Meyer 61), Zaha, Batshuayi (Benteke 78), Townsend.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Dann, Riedewald, Ayew.

United: De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Dalot (Bailly 77), Pogba, McTominay, Fred (Garner 89), Sanchez (Rashford 77), Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Pereira, Rojo, Chong.

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