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Preview: Manchester United v Crystal Palace

30 September 2017

Palace travel to Manchester United this weekend, looking for the first points of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

The Eagles sit bottom of the table, whilst United have made an impressive start to the season and sit joint-top alongside local rivals Manchester City.

Red Devils In The Race 

United sit joint-top with City after six games in the top flight, they’re unbeaten and have already scored 17 goals. They are also still in the hunt for the Carabao Cup and beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the Champions League in mid-week, where they also top the group.

Romelu Lukaku poses the Red Devils’ major threat, having scored six already, a league high. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also created five goals, only bettered by City’s David Silva in the opening weeks of the campaign.

View From The Opposition

Jose Mourinho 

"We are doing well. We have to play against every club home and away and when I look at the fixtures I only look to how much time we have to recover match to match that’s the only thing that concerns me.

"The mentality is important because we played Wednesday night and didn’t get back until 5am."

Jose on Roy Hodgson: “He is an experienced coach with good players. They have a long time to reach their objectives.”

Team News

Timothy Fosu-Mensah cannot play in this game as it is against his parent club.

Wilfried Zaha remains out, but is closing in on a full recovery with Roy Hodgson suggesting the Chelsea fixture may be a realistic return date for the Ivorian winger. Christian Benteke will also miss out through knee injury whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses the trip with a thigh strain.

James Tomkins is sick so cannot be considered and long-term absentee Connor Wickham is still sidelined.

Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury will keep him out of the game, whilst Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are doubts with knocks. Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will also miss the game.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain out with ACL injuries.

Matchday Officials

Mike Dean has officiated four Premier League games this season, handing out 19 yellow cards and 1 red in the process.

His last Palace game was the 2-2 draw at home to Leicester City last term. He also took charge of the early season draw at home to Bournemouth.

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: Simon Long, Matthew Wilkes

Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Pre-Match Stats

Palace are in the league’s top ten for chances created in the Premier League for 2017/18.

Only Liverpool have won a higher percentage of duels (53%) than Palace so far this season (52%).

No top flight side has successfully completed a higher percentage of take ons (77%) than Palace.

The Eagles’ 104 interceptions is the highest in the division.

Romelu Lukaku’s six Premier League goals make him the top scorer so far this term. Andy Cole’s seven goals in his first seven United league games is a club record.



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Ticket Information

Tickets for this game are sold out.

There is a waiting list in place should any tickets be returned so if you do still need to purchase then please contact the box office on 08712 00 00 71. 

Read The Visiting Supporters Guide.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Manchester for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday night.

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