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03 March 2021 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles look to continue strong record v Man Utd

2 March 2021

Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Wednesday, 3rd March (20:15 GMT) as they look for a third win in their past four games against the Red Devils.

Roy Hodgson’s side started the season in spectacular fashion, following up their opening day win with a successful trip to Old Trafford. Andros Townsend opened the scoring after just seven minutes before a brace from Wilfried Zaha secured all three points.

However, Man Utd have recovered since then and now sit second in the table as the division’s top scorers. Palace will be looking to complete a first Premier League double, with the visitors unbeaten in their 11 visits to Selhurst Park, winning the last four.

Meanwhile, victory over Brighton and a hard-fought draw with Fulham see Palace sitting 10 points above the relegation zone, with their highest points total at this stage of the season in the Premier League era.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a strong record on the road this season, stretching their unbeaten record to 20 games – despite conceding the first goal on eight occasions. Despite this, they have won just one of their last five away from home.

Solskjaer and Hodgson have met on four occasions, each winning twice – with neither able to defeat the other on home ground.

It will also be a reunion for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has made 82 appearances for United since he left Selhurst Park in 2019.

Match details

  • Wednesday, 3rd March
  • 20:15 GMT
  • Selhurst Park
  • Sky Sports

Tactical overview

Man Utd have scored more goals at this stage of the campaign than in any since they won the league in 2012/13 – and a significant factor has been their finishing.

According to xG, the metric which shows how many goals a side should have scored based on the quality of their chances, United have scored 10.8 more goals than is expected, the highest difference in the league.

However, Palace too have benefitted from sharp shooting, with their goals tally seven higher than their xG suggests.

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Palace need to ensure their defensive efforts continue to the last, as against Brighton and Fulham. Twenty-one of the Eagles’ goals conceded this season have come in either the first 15 minutes (9) or the final 15 minutes (12) of action, more than any other team in the competition.

The visitors' record suggests they get stronger as the match progresses, scoring 26 of their 53 goals after the hour mark.

Did you know?

Manchester United have won nine of their last 11 midweek Premier League fixtures (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning all six away games in this run.

Bruno Fernandes has 40 goal involvements in his 40 league appearances so far (23 goals, 17 assists). However, three of the last four matches in which the Portuguese has failed to register a goal or assist have been in London (v Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham).

Wilfried Zaha scored twice against former side United in Palace’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture. No former Man Utd player has ever scored home and away against the Red Devils in the same Premier League season.

Team news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased to welcome Scott McTominay back to his side as the Scotsman featured in their last outing against Chelsea, but Paul Pogba remains unavailable with a thigh injury. Edinson Cavani will be assessed, while Donny van de Beek was fit enough to make the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Palace are boosted by the availability of Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham, who bolster Roy Hodgson's attacking options after a long spell on the sidelines. Wilfried Zaha has returned to first-team training, but the Man Utd game will likely come just too soon for him.

Nathaniel Clyne and Tyrick Mitchell are unavailable after suffering minor injuries, while James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins remain out.

How to follow

On TV

Palace v Man Utd will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

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Fans can buy 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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Man Utd clash. With live stats and alerts, 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.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace battle to deserved point v Man Utd

3 March 2021

Crystal Palace secured another hard-fought clean sheet to take a deserved point from Manchester United at Selhurst Park, on a foggy night in south London.

Summary:

  • Palace start fast as Benteke volleys over from close range.
  • Vicente Guaita saves spectacularly from Nemanja Matic’s deflected effort.
  • Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood see low efforts flash just wide.
  • Spectacular Joel Ward defending prevents a tap-in for Edinson Cavani
  • HT: Palace 0-0 Man Utd
  • Palace come out positively, winning a flurry of corners after the restart.
  • Milivojevic’s free-kick clips the wall from close range.
  • Daniel James misses a golden opportunity minutes after coming on.
  • FT: Palace 0-0 Man Utd

Palace took no note of the visitors’ league position and started on the front foot, with Luka Milivojevic and James McCarthy doing a sterling job of breaking up the play in midfield. Jordan Ayew looked a threat on the break, running purposefully at the Man Utd defence.

The Eagles created the first real chance of the game. After Andros Townsend sent an inviting free-kick into the area that evaded everyone in red and blue, he picked up the ball on the right. His cross was slightly behind Christian Benteke, who adjusted his body cleverly to wrap his foot around the ball, but couldn’t keep the volley down.

While Townsend was threatening on the right, Ayew was a danger on the left, combining with Patrick van Aanholt to skip past a weak Fred challenge and force a corner.

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Man Utd grew into the game and soon began to see more of the ball. Mason Greenwood was at the centre of the action on the wing, delivering a sensational cross that evaded both Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.

From the resulting loose ball, Bruno Fernandes set up Nemanja Matic, his deflected strike forcing Guaita into a stunning reaction save. From the resulting corner Harry Maguire’s header fell into the path of Cavani, but he poked the ball over the crossbar from close range.

The visitors continued to create chances – Rashford and Greenwood driving shots just past Guaita’s post – but Palace were a constant presence on the break.

Moments before half-time it looked as though the deadlock would be broken, the Eagle’s rescued by a spectacular clearance from Joel Ward. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross was inch-perfect, evading Cheikhou Kouyate and Gary Cahill as Cavani waited to tap home at the far post; Ward slid in at full-stretch and hooked the ball away, preventing a certain goal.

Palace came out positively after the restart, winning a flurry of corners as they pushed forwards. Benteke saw an acrobatic overhead kick blocked, while Milivojevic’s free-kick clipped the wall from just outside the penalty area.

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The fog descended on Selhurst as the game wore on, reducing visibility for both sides – but it didn’t stop Eberechi Eze finding Ayew in behind, only for Benteke to miscue his effort from the pull-back.

Much like in the first-half, the visitors grew into the game as the minutes progressed, and saw more of the ball in the final stages.

Moments after coming on, Daniel James had a golden opportunity to give Man Utd the lead, picked out by Luke Shaw for a free header six yards out. He failed to make any connection however, and the chance was wasted.

Greenwood continued to be the biggest source of discomfort for the Palace defence, his curling shot flashing past the upright with Guaita rooted to the spot.

They kept pouring forward, but it was Palace who almost won it at the death. Van Aanholt was released in behind, but his shot was blocked by Dean Henderson who stood tall. Replays showed he may have been ruled offside.

With both teams left to rue their missed opportunities, it ended goalless, securing another hard-fought clean sheet for Palace and a third Premier League game unbeaten.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, McCarthy (Riedewald, 62), Townsend, Eze (Schlupp, 84), Ayew, Benteke.

Subs: Butland (GK), Dann, Mateta, Wickham, Batshuayi, Kelly, Hannam.

Man Utd: Henderson (GK), Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Fred (McTominay, 74), Matic, Greenwood, Bruno, Rashford, Cavani (James, 77).

Subs: Grant (GK), Lindelof, Amad, Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe, Shoretire.

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