Manchester United finally return to Old Trafford after the international break, prior to which they had a run of tough away games.
Crystal Palace will be the side that will look to worry Jose Mourinho’s lads, and Old Trafford hasn’t exactly been a defensive stronghold this season, with the Theatre of Dream having gone the entire duration of the season so far without tasting a clean sheet.
Here’s how the two sides are likely to lineup for the weekend fixture.
Mourinho, for once, has a near completely fit squad to choose from. While international break injuries were feared, in his pre-match press conference, the gaffer confirmed that Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are all fit enough to play a part for tomorrow’s fixture.
Martial will be looking to continue his fiery form and join the ranks of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Eric Cantona in scoring in 6 consecutive Premier League games for the Red Devils.
Lukaku may finally receive his callback to the starting lineup, while Luke Shaw will miss the game due to suspension by courtesy of having picked up five yellow cards. As of such, Young may switch to left-back, and Diogo Dalot may be handed his Premier League debut.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Young
Midfielders: Herrera, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Lingard, Lukaku, Martial
In terms of injuries, the Eagles will be without their powerhouse striker Christian Benteke and defender Scott Dann. However, they will be fortunate enough to see the recovery of former Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha as well as the return of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Tomkins.
Manager Roy Hodgson stated: “Players who played internationally over the past week are okay. Mamadou Sakho is fit, so it’s a positive on that front.
“We have everyone available who I was expecting to be available. Zaha is over the injury and has been training all week, it’s the same with James Tomkins. They were both out for a time due to knocks but both have recovered.”
Defenders: Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt
Midfielders: McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp
Forwards: Townsend, Zaha