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McArthur Looking Forward To "Tough" United Game

6 May 2015

Eagles midfielder James McArthur has admitted that Saturday evening's clash with Manchester United at Selhurst Park will be "very tough," but he can't wait.

The Red Devils visit SE25 for the late kick off in the Premier League this Saturday, just under a week after the Eagles' trip to Stamford Bridge to face champions Chelsea.

Despite a brilliant team performance, Palace lost to the Blues 1-0, having also lost the two home games prior to that fixture, so Saturday's game with United is a chance to get back to winning ways. 

The Red Devils, currently sitting in fourth, are closing in on a Champions League spot for next season, but the Eagles could decide the final standings in the top four, given that United's visit is followed by a trip to fifth-placed Liverpool, but McArthur insists the Eagles' run-in is not about "spoiling parties."

McArthur, who has been vital to the Eagles' fight for survival in his debut season at the club, is relishing the chance to damage Louis van Gaal's top four aspirations, but only because he wants to see Palace progress, and has admitted it will not be an easy task on Saturday.

"I think it’s going to be very tough," he said. "But we like these games.

"We like the games where there’s no pressure on you, where you can go to Stamford Bridge, Manchester United can come here or you can go to Anfield with no fear. These are the games that make you want to play in the Premier League, competing with the best players in the world. 

"We’ve got a belief in the changing room that we can get results, we’ve got that real, solid base and from that we’ve got so much pace, power, ability and we can hurt anyone in the forward areas. 

"We need to do ourselves justice for the remainder of the season, we want to make it right after losing a few games. I think everyone on the outside has thought ‘Crystal Palace have switched off, they’re safe,’ but it is not like that in the changing room. 

"Everyone’s been right at it this week, working so hard and looking forward to the remaining matches.

"It’s not about spoiling parties, it’s about doing ourselves justice and trying to get as many points on the board as possible. The club had 45 points last year, so we want to try and beat that. If we beat that, it shows there is real progression at the club."

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