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Ole Gunnar Solskjær praises Palace before tonight's clash

27 February 2019

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has praised Crystal Palace's form and counter-attacking ability before tonight's 20.00 clash at Selhurst Park.

The Norwegian was asked about how tough a test the Eagles will provide this evening and said in response: [They are] very, very good. And of course, the game against Leicester - that win was impressive.

"The way Roy sets up his teams, we know that we have to be good on the ball and we have to break them down."

Having scored four times from just five shots on target against the Foxes last Saturday, it could be said that Palace's main threat at the moment is in their fine ability to counter-attack with purpose and effect.

United's manager raised the offensive feather in the Eagles' caps himself, saying: "We know that on the counter-attack with Zaha, Townsend, Batshuayi, Benteke, whoever it is up front, they've got some pace and counter-attacking threat so we've got to be at our best."

But Gunnar Solskjær hasn't been the only one who has taken a moment to reflect on his opposition, as Palace manager Roy Hodgson said in his press conference yesterday that, "This is Manchester United. This is a team that, in their last 11 league games, have only managed to draw twice and win the other nine so it's going to be a very, very tough ask for us but at least we go there on the back of a victory ourselves."

Hodgson also congratulated his managerial counterpart on reaching his 46th birthday yesterday, adding: "I hope that's all the congratulations I'll have to give him over the next few days!"

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