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Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United

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Manchester United will hope to stay in contention to qualify for the Europa League by finishing fifth when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Manchester United are no longer in the running for a Champions League seat for next season as attaining a fourth-place finish is not mathematically possible. Newcastle’s win over Burnley earlier this matchday saw The Red Devils drop to seventh in the league standings.

While Erik Ten Hag’s side have succeeded in the F.A. Cup and reached the competition’s final, it is no secret that Man United is undergoing one of the toughest seasons in their history.

United have scored 52 goals this season till now and this is the joint-least number par with Bournemouth amongst the top ten sides in the Premier League standings. They have a challenging business end of the campaign coming up as clashes with Newcastle United and Arsenal must result in three points.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have pulled away from a potential relegation battle following convincing performances since the appointment of new manager Oliver Glasner.

With nine points to play for in the remainder of the season, Palace have a good chance to better their league finish from 14th place. They are unbeaten in their previous four encounters, scoring wins versus Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle United and drawing with Fulham in their latest match.

The Eagles have an opportunity to make it three straight Premier League victories at home on Monday for the first time since October 2022.

Results from their last five matches across all competitions

Crystal Palace:

D W W W L

Manchester United:

D W W D D

Team News

Erik Ten Hag expects his captain Bruno Fernandes to be back for the match after recovering from a minor injury.

Scott McTominay’s return from a knee issue will send Christian Eriksen to the bench.

Marcus Rashford will be unavailable for the clash alongside the likes of Raphael Varane, Willy Kambwala, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.

As for Crystal Palace, Oliver Glasner will be without Sam Johnstone, Cheick Doucoure, Jefferson Lerma, Rob Holding and Matheus Franca.

Eberechi Eze is tilted to start the game with Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta as his attacking partners.

Predicted XIs

Crystal Palace (3-4-3): Henderson; Clyne, Andersen, Richards; Munoz, Wharton, Hughes, Mitchell; Olise, Mateta, Eze

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Maguire, Dalot; McTominay, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund

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