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Palace Preview: Can Eagles make history and regain form v United?

15 July 2020

Crystal Palace could make history by recording their first league double against Manchester United when the two teams meet at Selhurst Park, but Roy Hodgson’s Eagles face a challenging task against an in-form and dangerous guest.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Red Devils have been one of the league’s hottest sides since the restart, notching five wins and two draws in all competitions.

Their surge in form sees them sit fifth in the table, level on points with Leicester City in fourth, and with a game in hand four points behind Chelsea in third. 

Palace, meanwhile, have struggled since the league resumed, and will be looking to respond to a frustrating defeat against Aston Villa with a strong performance in SE25. Should the Eagles defeat Solskjær’s men, they will add to their 2-1 victory in August and do the double over United for the first time in history.

That summertime win at Old Trafford - almost 11 months ago - saw Patrick van Aanholt and Jordan Ayew combine to cancel out Daniel James’ late goal and secure the Eagles an impressive three points. It saw Palace bag their first Premier League victory over the Red Devils, and Hodgson’s charges will be hoping to perform similarly today.

Of everyone they’ll face - and perhaps of everyone in the league currently - January signing Bruno Fernandes will cause Palace concern, with the Portugal international being involved in six goals from his last four games. 

He could become the first United player to score in five consecutive away games in the competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic (January 2017), and the fourth to do so overall for the Red Devils, after Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Robin van Persie.

However, with an FA Cup clash against Chelsea on Sunday, Solskjær may look to rotate his squad.

Did you know?

Crystal Palace have won six of their 17 home Premier League games this season (D4 L7) – only in 2013/14 (eight) and 2017/18 (seven) have they won more home matches in a season in the competition. 

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Tactical overview

Southampton held United to a 2-2 draw on Monday by pressing them high and pressuring them adeptly for their first goal. Their second came from a poorly defended corner.

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However, the Saints - like Aston Villa before - came undone when United’s talented attack-minded players made direct runs at defence. To avoid this, Palace’s defenders and central midfield will have to hold their ground without conceding a foul against some of England’s most in-form frontmen. 

Team news

Palace have been dealt another fitness boost this week, with Jeffrey Schlupp returning to training and being available for selection against the Red Devils. Hodgson, however, warned that "the doctors and medical people are wary, once again, having been out of football for a long time, how many minutes he could safely play."

James Tomkins has also returned to training and Martin Kelly is available for selection, however Christian Benteke will miss the final three matches after collecting a red card against Aston Villa.

United will likely be without fullbacks Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams, who both haven’t trained this week. Mason Greenwood will be assessed prior to the game after being the victim of a poor Oriol Romeu challenge. 

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This game will be shown live via BT Sport 1 from 19:30. Kick-off is 20:15 BST.

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Match Reports

Report: Cruel defeat for Palace against Manchester United

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

16 July 2020

Crystal Palace suffered on the wrong side of two key decisions this evening as they lost to Manchester United, and were frustrated to fall to defeat despite a strong, markedly improved performance.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes two changes to his starting XI: bringing James McCarthy and Andros Townsend in for Cheikhou Kouyate and Christian Benteke respectively
  • Palace begin the brightest, enjoying early efforts from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt
  • United establish their foothold, and take a slim lead through Marcus Rashford at the end of the first-half after Zaha sees a penalty appeal overlooked
  • Luka Milivojevic’s whipped free-kick is tipped wide by David de Gea
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United
  • Palace’s equaliser early in the second-half is ruled out for offside by VAR
  • The Eagles again start the brightest but, after the game settles to a more equal level, United add to their lead through Anthony Martial
  • Van Aanholt leaves the pitch on a stretcher after falling awkwardly while defending Martial’s goal
  • Jeffrey Schlupp features in his first match since December 2019, with Tyrick Mitchell and Jairo Riedewald also getting minutes
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

Crystal Palace kicked-off as firm underdogs this evening, their recent loss of form starkly contrasting United’s storming return to competitive football. But the players clearly hadn’t read the pre-match script, as Wilfried Zaha opened proceedings with a stinging shot at David de Gea.

Just minutes later, the Eagles threatened again, after smart, confident play swept across the pitch before Joel Ward crossed towards Zaha in the box. The Ivorian struggled to keep control, and United fired the ball to apparent safety.

But, on the edge of the area, Patrick van Aanholt shot straight back into a crowd of bodies to warn the visitors of Palace’s intentions.

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Reacting to their host’s bright start, United reminded the Eagles of their attacking prowess through an unconventional source - Harry Maguire heading over the bar from a testing Bruno Fernandes corner.

During the drinks break, Hodgson and Zaha could be seen in a protracted, animated conversation and, clearly, whatever the former said had an effect, as the latter headed at goal barely 30 seconds after. 

But, midway through the first-half, United had established their foothold in the game, their earlier lethargy disappearing with every push forward. Palace worked hard to contain them, and their efforts paid dividends with the game locked at 0-0.

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As he did earlier, Maguire headed past goal with United’s only real effort of note as the match rolled along at a steady pace.

Back in the centre of attack, Jordan Ayew sought to disrupt this, unleashing a fierce attempt at De Gea, but again, the Spain international firmly beat the shot to safety to keep the teams level.

Half-time dawned and the score seemed destined to remain static until Zaha hit the turf in United’s box after Victor Lindelof clattered his legs. The winger’s penalty appeals went unanswered, however, and, at the other end of the field, Marcus Rashford took a cruel lead as he danced in Palace’s area and slotted home smartly past Vicente Guaita.

Palace will have felt the injustice of conceding at the end of such an even half, and captain Luka Milivojevic almost responded furiously as De Gea tipped his whipped free-kick wide of goal. United’s No.1 did well, and ensured half-time came with his club in the lead.

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Palace faced an uphill struggle with the game’s resumption, United unbeaten when leading at half-time from 20 games this season.

The home side didn’t appear concerned with the stats, however, and surged forward to pin their hosts back and find an equaliser. They duly did so when Zaha beat Aaron Wan-Bissaka to play Ayew in at the back post, who turned home on the stretch.

But after celebrating, Ayew was brought back down to earth as VAR judged the effort to have been marginally offside.

Palace had to roll with another cruel twist of fate, and resumed the game still behind. James McCarthy kept De Gea alert as the Spaniard held his fizzing shot from distance, with the Scotsman embodying Palace’s determination to open their account.

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Perhaps with one eye on their upcoming FA Cup clash, United made a double change around the hour mark and Palace fans will be pleased to see Jeffrey Schlupp take to the turf for the first time since December, the popular No.15 recovering from injury over the last seven months.

Schlupp’s introduction came as the game returned to its first-half equilibrium, and United reinstated their presence as Fernandes rattled the post from 10 yards out.

The visitors did more than just reestablish themselves five minutes later, however, when Anthony Martial showed his strength to strike home within the box.

Unfortunately, trying to block the Frenchman, Van Aanholt fell awkwardly, undergoing a lengthy spell of treatment that included oxygen. Eventually, the Dutchman was stretchered from the pitch in distressing scenes; another cruel setback for Palace.

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Zaha, who looked driven all evening, battled to provide his boyhood club with a chance, but De Gea capped-off a strong performance with a fine save at his near post.

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At the other end of the pitch, the game's second Spanish shot stopper made an equally impressive save with a big, pushing glove under a late Rashford shot.

Fighting their way through 11 (eleven) minutes of added time, Palace never allowed their role in the game to dip, and ended strongly as they began. However, in cruel circumstances, the Eagles were left empty-handed.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt (Mitchell 84), Sakho, Dann, Ward, McArthur (Schlupp 72), Milivojevic, McCarthy (Riedewald 83), Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Woods, Kouyate, Meyer, Pierrick.

United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay (Matic 63), Pogba, Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood (Lingard 63), Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Mata, Fred, James, Ighalo.

Full post-match reaction, highlights and both managers' press conferences will be available to watch free on Palace TV or the official Palace app. Either click here or 'Palace TV' within the app to enjoy.

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