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Palace Preview: Eagles hoping history repeats itself v defensively adept United

18 September 2020

Crystal Palace will look to start their second match of the season in good form against fellow Premier League side Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Eagles will aim to continue their winning streak after ensuring victory against Southampton last week, with the game’s only goal bagged by Wilfried Zaha, who netted for the 50th time in a league clash.

Although United have succumbed to Palace in only one of 22 league meetings, Palace’s victory and such a feat from Zaha will fire a warning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds, who step into their first Premier League match since July.    

Previous meeting

A game for the books would be Palace’s momentous 2-1 victory against United at Old Trafford last August, the club’s first league win in Manchester’s red half since 1989.

Team news

The Eagles’ Patrick van Aanholt, who stole the winning goal to mark a first Premier League victory against United, will likely be absent from the match as he continues his recovery.

However, the south Londoners won’t be disheartened, with manager Roy Hodgson reporting a positive fitness update earlier in the week. Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham, Mamadou Sakho and Jairo Riedewald are all making positive strides to full fitness.

Manchester United’s most recent signing Donny van de Beek from AFC Ajax could also be one to watch as he is in line to make his competitive debut against Palace. Van de Beek, 23, is a highly rated central-midfielder who is likely to link United’s deep, defensive play with their sparkling front line.

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United have begun their time on the pitch down a peg from Palace, with a loss in pre-season against Aston Villa. The Red Devils were unable to equalise after recent Villa signing Ollie Watkins netted early on.

Although defeated, it should be noted that members of their usual line-up were absent, including 2020 signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal, midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has been involved in roughly of 40% of United’s goals since his debut.    

A choppy start for United could give Roy Hodgson’s side the edge, but they will have to keep their guard up at Old Trafford, considering that United have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 13 home league games against Palace.     

Tactical overview

Solskjaer’s current 4-2-3-1 formation was in play during United’s final match of the 2019/20 season against Leicester City and proved effective in a 2-0 win. Further, United are lauded for having an impressive defensive record - one of the tightest in Europe – due to the cover provided by two sitting midfielders.

The manager

Interestingly, Solskjaer has lost both of his Premier League home games against Palace. First in 2014-15 with Cardiff City and then again in 2019 leading United.

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How to follow


United v Palace will be shown live via Sky Sports in the UK.

All 28 top-flight games in September are being broadcast live. Palace v Everton will be shown on Amazon Prime.

Club News

Manchester United v Crystal Palace match details, TV information and kick-off time

19 September 2020

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The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the United 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.

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Match Reports

Report: Faultless captain's performance leads Palace to triumphant win

Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

19 September 2020

Whatever else he would do, Wilfried Zaha made history when he kicked-off against Manchester United today, captaining his boyhood club for the first time competitively since his debut over 10 years ago.

With the armband gripping his sleeve for the first time, the Ivorian was perfectly placed to not only make history against his former club, but to do so in style - embodying the grit and resolve of a Palace side determined to maintain their success playing David away to English football’s largest Goliaths.


  • Roy Hodgson makes one change to the Southampton XI, bringing Mamadou Sakho in for Scott Dann
  • Andros Townsend opens the scoring just seven minutes in
  • Palace are on top for the game’s first half an hour
  • United establish themselves going forward, but are unable to beat Palace’s backline
  • Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha trouble United late in the first-half, but the scoreline remains unchanged
  • Half-time: Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • The game is more equal as the second-half starts
  • Zaha's goal is ruled out for offside
  • Ayew's penalty is saved, but Zaha scores as the referee orders a re-take
  • United pull one back through Donny van de Beek
  • Zaha ensures a Palace victory by slamming home their third
  • Full-time: Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

After making three fouls in the game’s opening minute, Manchester United outlined their understanding of the Eagles’ attacking threat this afternoon - and their concern was vindicated just moments later.

Palace looked alert from the off, and with Jeffrey Schlupp showing his strength along the left-wing, his counterpart on the right, Andros Townsend, surged towards the back post astutely. Schlupp needed no second chance to find him, playing a ball across the box for the south Londoners’ No.10 to confidently fire home and stun the United backline.

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Whether it was last season’s triumph in the Old Trafford sun, their opening day victory or Zaha’s leadership in this most fitting of clashes, Palace appeared driven and determined to make their mark in M16.

Smelling blood in the water, Townsend first fired wide before Zaha closed David de Gea down in an awkward one-on-one for the Spanish ‘keeper.

Palace’s attacking dominance was not, however, to suggest they were enjoying an easy game - and Paul Pogba reminded his guests of the home side’s prowess with a well-hit shot from the edge of the box. The thudded effort didn’t come close to beating Vicente Guaita - who flopped to his right and held the ball firmly - but it did ensure players and fans alike avoided complacency. 

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United established their grip on the game around the half-hour mark but were unable to capitalise on a tame period in charge. Despite having a defence hit hard by injuries, the visitors looked typically controlled at the back - with Roy Hodgson’s masterful organisation in front of goal shining through.

Even VAR’s lengthy penalty review and a free-kick from 15 yards couldn’t disturb the Palace net, and the first-half instead closed out with Jordan Ayew stinging De Gea’s reflexive palms and Zaha thwacking the side netting from distance.

The two shots were clear warning calls to the home team: a huge second-half awaited for Palace.

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The second 45 began exactly as the first ended: with Ayew denied by De Gea - and also as the first began: with Palace playing in the ascendancy. Openings fell to Townsend and Schlupp, but the visitors were only able to threaten with a series of half-chances.

The next major opportunity instead fell to United substitute Mason Greenwood, who headed inches wide from a hanging Timothy Fosu-Mensah cross.

The youngster’s effort inspired a United push that saw power change hands not for the first time at Old Trafford, but Palace retained their lead as they entered the final 25 minutes. This protection felt like a crucial fillip for Hodgson’s men, and forced United into another offensive change: handing Donny van de Beek his competitive debut in a bid to out-do the Eagles.

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Ultimately, though, the Eagles out-did themselves, with Zaha firing into the roof of the net only for the linesman’s flag to curtail his wide-eyed celebrations.

Next, at one end, Victor Lindelof volleyed over from 10 yards and, at the other, deflected Ayew’s similarly close shot into De Gea’s arms - a pair of chances each side will be frustrated to have missed. Attention turned to the game’s resumption, only for VAR to halt play, encourage Martin Atkinson to his monitor and hand Palace a surprise penalty for handball.

The drama wouldn’t end in its next act, however, as Ayew struck low into De Gea’s hand, with the Spaniard leaping onto the rebound milliseconds ahead of his striking adversary. 

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Again, play resumed only to be pulled back - with De Gea having stepped off his line, handing him the advantage not only to save, but to collect the rebound, too.

Responsibility passed from Ayew to Zaha - the captain filling his role with aplomb - and naturally the Ivorian fired home against his one-time side.

Drama and controversy may have become the talking point from then on - and for some pundits it certainly was - but United nullified Palace’s advantage swiftly to cancel out the debate. The Red Devils opened their account through new signing and recent substitute Van de Beek, who turned home from inside the box to tee-up a potentially painful last 10 minutes.

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But Zaha, Palace’s bristling captain, had other ideas. Carrying the weight of facing one of the world’s largest clubs and defending a late, slender lead, the south London talisman shrugged off any pressure and took matters into his own hands.

He broke his way into the United box, using sheer force rather than treading a delicate path, and slammed home to secure victory from 15 yards.

The game couldn’t have closed better, nor provided a finer chapter in Zaha’s story - as boyhood protege led his local side to emphatic victory, all on his captaining debut.

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United: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah (Ighalo 81), McTominay, Pogba (Van de Beek 67), Fernandes, James (Greenwood 45), Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka, Fred.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Sakho, Mitchell, Townsend, McCarthy (Milivojević 88), McArthur, Schlupp (Eze 75), Ayew (Batshuyai 81), Zaha.

Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Inniss, Meyer.

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