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The Palace Preview: Manchester United

27 February 2019

Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park thid evening, with both sides coming into the game in good form.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, last losing away to Liverpool back in December 2018. They have won eight of those 10 games since, only drawing with Burnley and leaders Liverpool last time out.

Palace, meanwhile, have only lost twice since the turn of the year, both narrowly and in the space of a week, at home to Watford and away at Anfield. Those two defeats are the Eagles' only ones in the last 11 Premier League outings, so it's fair to bill tonight's clash as a meeting of two of the division's form sides.

Despite the current good run, the home side are yet to ever record a Premier League win over the visitors, having last beaten them in the league in May 1991 - a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park in the old Division One.

The history is the history, but current form and this season's exploits can be a source of optimism for the Eagles ahead this evening's challenge. On top of that, a number of United players could miss out through injury following Sunday afternoon's slog with Liverpool.

Team news

First Team

Hodgson: Sakho is unavailable for United clash

27 February 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has provided an injury update for United, who lost three players to injury facing the Reds on Sunday. Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata were all taken off and will not feature tomorrow. Marcus Rashford has a slim chance of playing but it is unlikely while Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo also cannot play.

Mamadou Sakho hobbled off at the King Power Stadium and cannot feature today whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka ("hamstring problem") and Martin Kelly ("muscle strain") missed last week's clash entirely. Connor Wickham and Pape Souare have been out for some time.

United could be without as many as nine first team players, with Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all having injury complaints in the build up to the game.

Tactical overview

Solskjaer has the Red Devils firing, with them having hit 23 goals in his 10 league games in charge. Both he and Rashford won PL awards for performance in January, with the England striker hitting three in four to kick off 2019. Paul Pogba has been born again under the Norwegian, scoring nine and assisting six in all competitions since the change in manager.

It will be interesting to see how the Eagles defend against the World Cup winner, with United missing so many key players he will likely be the major threat. Roy Hodgson has Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer at his disposal in central midfield, with a combination of about three of those five likely to start the game at Selhurst Park.

Your matchday stat and ref

Martin Atkinson will take charge of the clash with Lee Betts and Harry Lennard as Assistants. David Coote will be the Fourth Official.

Luka Milivojevic has scored more Premier League goals than any other Crystal Palace player since his debut in February 2017 (20 goals).

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