How Manchester United should line up for their midweek Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park
1. The formation.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation for the game against Crystal Palace. Palace away has always been a tricky fixture for the big 6 clubs. The double-pivot will give stability in midfield as well as put a shield in front of the back four.
2. Goalkeeper and back four.
David De Gea should start for the Premier League game ahead of Dean Henderson. The Spaniard was excellent last season at Selhurst Park and should be the obvious selection this season too. Eric Bailly should start alongside captain Harry Maguire. Victor Lindelof will be a risky selection due to the presence of Christian Benteke and the former is bad aerially and lacks physical strength. Alex Telles at left-back ahead of Luke Shaw and the latter must be rested for the Manchester Derby and Aaron Wan Bissaka at right back to face his former team.
3. The midfield trio.
Nemanja Matic should start ahead of Scott Mctominay. Matic will be important in breaking Palace’s defensive lines with his passes. Mctominay may fail to do so due to a lack of passing accuracy. Fred should start with the Serbian and Bruno Fernandes as the attacking midfielder. The double-pivot will give more freedom to the Portugal national and it will be effective to break the deep block.
4. The front three.
Marcus Rashford has been in fine form this season and he should be a natural selection at the wide left and Daniel James may start as the right-winger given his current run of form. The Welsh man’s fine work rate will be important in nullifying the attacking left-back of Palace. Anthony Martial should start ahead of Mason Greenwood as the forward. Edinson Cavani has returned to training but may not fully match fit. The Frenchman can improve his form by putting on a good performance.
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