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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

30 October 2015

Having lost back-to-back league games for only the second time this season and exiting the Capital One Cup against Manchester City, Alan Pardew aims to get his side back on track against Louis van Gaal's title chasers.

The Dutchman hasn't enjoyed the best week himself, having seen his side play out a dour goalless draw against their neighbours before being knocked out of the League Cup by Middlesbrough on penalties.

However the Red Devils go into the game knowing that they've avoided defeat against the Eagles in all 12 of their previous Premier League encounters, winning 10 of them.

United will be hoping to move closer to the top of the table with another victory, but Pardew's side would go just two points behind the visitors should they pull off the win on Saturday afternoon.


Louis van Gaal: "In football all that matters is a goal and we have played two matches zero-zero.

“In my opinion, we could have scored also against Manchester City, but now, again, we did not score. It’s a concern, but I do know also it can easily turn around in the next game.

“We are top sportsmen and you know that in any sport, there is not only winning, you lose also and you have to lift yourself,” 


Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye is struggling to be fit for this game after picking up a knock in training before the game against Manchester City.

Jason Puncheon also missed that game through illness and is a doubt, but James McArthur should be available again after missing the midweek trip to attend the birth of his son, and Joel Ward played the latter stages of the game at the Etihad Stadium after recovering from his knee injury.

Pape Souare could also be available again after sitting out the West Ham game with a knock, but Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh are out.

Manchester United: Antonio Valencia is a doubt after picking up a knock in United's derby draw last weekend, and Memphis Depay and James Wilson are also struggling after picking up injuries in the Middlesbrough game.

Paddy McNair is out with an abdominal injury, while Luke Shaw remains on the sidelines long term following his broken leg.

Manchester United have failed to find the back of the net on just one of their six Premier League visits to Selhurst Park to play Palace, netting 10 goals in total.

Of the current top-flight teams, Palace's total of 12 games without ever winning against United is the joint-longest 0% win rate against a single opponent in the division (level with Palace v Southampton).

The Eagles have managed a total of just one goal in their last five top-tier clashes with the Red Devils and have failed to score in nine of the 12 Premier League clashes overall.

Louis van Gaal's charges have lost just one of their last six league games (W4 D1 L1), keeping three clean sheets in the process.


Mike Jones will take charge of Saturday's clash at Selhurst, which will be his second appearance of the season in SE25 after overseeing the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Last season he also refereed Palace's away draws at Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers.

Referee: M Jones
Assistants: M Mullarkey and A Nunn
Fourth Official: J Moss

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9th May 2015
Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Premier League

Marouane Fellaini scored a second-half winner against Crystal Palace to put Manchester United within a victory of qualifying for the Champions League.

Ashley Young was the provider of both United goals, the winger winning a first-half penalty when Scott Dann handled his cross.

Juan Mata scored from the spot before Jason Puncheon levelled for Palace with a deflected free-kick after the break before Fellaini headed in Young's cross on 78 minutes.

Louis van Gaal's side were grateful for some superb saves from David De Gea, but they once again showed character as they recovered from Puncheon's equaliser and a period of sustained Palace pressure to win the game.

Tickets for this game are sold out.


Up to 45 minutes before Kick-Off you can get a Carlsberg or Somersby Cider and any Burger (excluding GK burger) for just £5. Offer available at selected bars with the Early Bird Signage. The option of Real ale will only be available from the bars serving Real Ale, please ask a member of staff before you order.


Due to restrictions in facilities this offer is not available in the following bars;


-          Johnsons

-          Hot Dog Cart 1

-          HD Bottle Bar

-          Hot Dog Cart 2

-          Cronx Bar

-          Bryne Bar

-          Shipperley Bar

-          Armstrong Bar

-          AW Bottle Bar



For anybody specifically requesting an ale we will run a voucher offer so they can pick up their ale at a bar that has the facilities to serve it. Cronx bar will be the pickup area for any ale vouchers.

Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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