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Palace Preview: Eagles seek to overturn record v United

23 August 2019

Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford today hungry to build on their well-earned draw with Manchester United in this fixture last season.

After winning a hard-fought point with Everton to start the campaign, Palace lost to newly promoted Sheffield United. And while the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ has historically proven to be a challenging setting for the Eagles, history shows you can never count them out for an unexpected result. 

The last time United and Palace met within the M60, for example, Roy Hodgson’s men earned a clean sheet having lost six from their last seven games. Contrastingly, the Red Devils had recently overcome Juventus in the Champions League.

During the initial hot streak of United’s then-caretaker manager Solskjaer, the most recent match between the clubs ended in a 3-1 defeat for Palace. United, however, failed to remain the same side they were during those two months last campaign. Solskjaer won just three of the last 11 games of the season, earning the Red Devils a 6th place finish – exactly where they were before their blistering burst of form under the ‘new manager bounce’. 

This season, United started their campaign with a 4-0 triumph over Chelsea in former captain Frank Lampard’s first Premier League match managing the Blues. The Red Devils then failed to make it two wins from two clashes by drawing with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Both Palace and United will be looking to bounce from their respective results in Saturday’s clash. 

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The Eagles are still without a league win at Old Trafford since December of 1989, but as Palace fans know, Hodgson’s men also have a history of taking down clubs irrespective of size when the odds seem against them. Last year Palace defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, eventual league champions Manchester City and Arsenal. In total, the south Londoners took eight points from the league’s top six and earned their FA Cup fourth round win over Spurs during the previous campaign.

Team news

United have made a few changes since their last meeting with Palace, notably losing Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, former captain Antonio Valencia and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera to Inter Milan, LDU Quito, and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. 

Notable signings include Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who will be making his first appearance against his former side since signing with United in July. Wan-Bissaka is expected to start alongside the Red Devils' other notable summer signing Harry Maguire, with the former in particular enjoying an impressive start with his new club.

SEE ALSO: Hodgson updates on squad fitness pre-Manchester Utd

Against Sheffield United, Palace were missing centre backs Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins. United are without defenders Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Hodgson has said that Palace have sustained no further injuries this week.

Players to watch

The Red Devils’ frontman Anthony Martial will be looking to become just the fourth United player ever to score in the first three matches of the season. He would be joining the likes of Dwight Yorke (1999), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2005), and most recently Wayne Rooney (2012). 

Tactical overview

Manchester United will likely be in their 4-2-3-1 formation with Solskjaer fielding three attacking midfielders behind a lone striker. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard could provide options either side of Andreas Pereira or Daniel James. They will likely be backed up by Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay and will be looking to spearhead attacks through Anthony Martial. Defensively, United have their tandem of recent signings in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka alongside Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw.

United have scored the third most goals in the league so far with five from two games. The two clubs have both conceded just once each. It will be a challenge for Palace’s attacking players to try to break through United’s recent defensive signings and net the Eagles’ first goal(s) of the season. 

How to follow

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the upcoming 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here. 

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during today's clash. With live stats, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Historic result for Palace in superb victory over Manchester United

24 August 2019

It was one of those Premier League days that gives you goosebumps: away at Old Trafford in the sun, with the belief that Crystal Palace could cause an upset. And Roy Hodgson's side duly obliged with a special performance resulting in a 2-1 win for the Eagles.

  • Hodgson makes four changes from Sheffield United line-up, with Schlupp, Ayew, Cahill and Kouyaté coming in
  • Superb Patrick van Aanholt block from Daniel James inside the box
  • Jordan Ayew gives Palace the lead on 32 minutes after Jeffrey Schlupp’s header puts the striker clean through
  • HT: 1-0 to the Eagles
  • Rashford misses penalty
  • James scores curled effort to make it 1-1 in the 88th minute
  • PVA scores late in injury time to secure victory
  • FT: 2-1 to the Eagles

It was clear in the opening minutes of Gary Cahill’s debut to see why Roy Hodgson moved to bring in the centre-back over the summer: composed, solid and communicating with his Palace back four from the off.

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Despite a player of Cahill’s experience, Old Trafford as the venue of your debut for your new team wouldn’t be high on the list of desirables. However, the former England captain was instrumental in the Eagles keeping the game goalless in the opening half-an-hour.

It was Cahill’s partner on the left-hand side, Patrick van Aanholt, though, that put in the most important defensive moment of the first half, with the full-back blocking superbly from United’s Daniel James as the winger thought he was rifling home from eight yards.

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Apart from a couple of speculative Marcus Rashford free-kicks that had Vicente Guaita casually trotting across his goal line, the Red Devils were unable to make their sustained presence in the Eagles’ third amount to anything.

In the middle of the park, Jordan Ayew was dropping back to help out with the midfield tussle, supporting the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and Cheikhou Kouyaté who were battling for everything.

It was therefore fitting that a physical battle won in the air by Schlupp sent Ayew clean through in the 32nd minute. Old Trafford fell silent; Red Devils in fear, and Palace fans in a wishful desire to see the ball ripple the net.

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A moment that felt like an eternity, that ultimately lasted just a few seconds, saw Ayew display a coolness that everyone else associated with Palace away from the Old Trafford pitch was not. The Ghanaian international slotted past David De Gea and a red and blue corner of Old Trafford erupted.

The goal clearly stunned United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team only truly threatening once before half-time, which resulted in a Cahill yellow card as Anthony Martial looked set to race through into the penalty area.

Prior to that moment, though, Wilfried Zaha almost doubled the Eagles’ lead, with the ball falling kindly to the Ivorian in the box at De Gea’s near post. However, with the angle rapidly closing, the Spaniard closed out Zaha’s effort.

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Half-time team talks came and went; United returned early, with it clear that Palace were in for another period of being under sustained pressure. And two minutes into the second half, James again thought he was destined to score, with an Ashley Young cross finding the Wales international at the back post but yet again Van Aanholt made an important block.

With Young coming on after Palace’s opener in an enforced change for Luke Shaw, Solskjær made his first desired tactical change on 51 minutes, with Mason Greenwood replacing Jesse Lingard.

On 68 minutes, the belief that the Eagles could in fact get their first league win at Old Trafford since 1989 rose, even though the incident was a penalty award to United.

Up stepped Marcus Rashford, with the England international sending Guaita the wrong way from 12-yards. However, the forward’s penalty hit the inside of the post, bounced across the goal and away from danger.

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If the performance from the lads on the pitch and the fans in the stadium wasn’t special before the 68thminute, it certainly was after it. The noise rose, as did the expectation levels that the Eagles could leave Manchester with a positive result.

McArthur was fighting for everything; Kouyaté solid in every challenge; Ayew tracking back from the final third; Zaha and Schlupp filling in at full-back; the Palace defence, supported by Guaita, a resolute bank.

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Townsend, Benteke and McCarthy came on for Schlupp, Ayew and Kouyaté at differing points in the final 15 minutes as Hodgson recharged his ranks with fresh legs.

As the clock ticked into the 88th minute, Palace's impressive resilance was broken, with Martial finding James inside the box, with the winger curling one into the top corner from just inside the box.

However, their was another twist in the tale for the boys from SE25; deep into injury time, Zaha danced into the box, before eventually losing possession. Thankfully for the Eagles, the ball fell kindly to Van Aanholt whose first touch took him past the United backline before rifling at De Gea who was powerless to stop the ball from giving Palace the lead again late on.

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The ref's full-time sounded as the Eagles in the stands, on the bench and out on the pitch celebrated in ecstasy. 

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Kouyaté (McCarthy 82), McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp (Townsend 80), Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 75). Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Meyer, Dann, Wickham.

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw (Young 32), McTominay (Mata 86), Pogba, Lingard (Greenwood 51), James, Rashford, Martial. Subs Not Used: Romero, Tuanzebe, Matić, Pereira.

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