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4-4-2: Crystal Palace predicted XI to face Man Utd

Manchester United are expected to pick up another three points this weekend when we entertain Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Whilst we were held 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, we thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in our first home game of the season.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are yet to score in their first two games of the 2019-20 Premier League season; drawing 0-0 at home to 10-man Everton and losing 1-0 at newly-promoted Sheffield United last weekend.

Here is the team I think Roy Hodgson will name at the Theatre of Dreams tomorrow:

Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita
The Spaniard has pulled off a couple of saves to start the season including one from a David McGoldrick close-range effort. With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial making impressive starts to the new campaign I cannot see Vicente Guaita keeping us shut for 90 minutes this weekend.

Defence: Joel Ward, Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Patrick van Aanholt
Joel Ward has replaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, whilst Gary Cahill is in line for his Crystal Palace debut having joined on a free transfer over the summer. The 33-year-old made just two Premier League appearances under Maurizio Sarri last season but the former England international could replace Martin Kelly in the middle of the Eagles’ defence. Scott Dann should keep his place. Both Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are injured. Patrick van Aanholt is the regular left-back for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Midfield: Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Jeffrey Schlupp
Andros Townsend has a good long-range shot on him, but with Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire in his way the England international will do well to fire any efforts in on David de Gea’s goal. Particularly if we dominate possession and territory, as expected. Luka Milivojevic is a good penalty taker but the introduction of VAR should reduce the Serbian’s opportunities this season as Wilfried Zaha has dived to win a fair few of them in the past. Former Manchester United trialist Jeffrey Schlupp is starting on the left wing this season. He offers pace but little else in the final third. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is more than capable of dealing with him defensively given how impressive the former Palace right-back has been in his opening two games for us.

Attack: Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Crystal Palace have looked impotent in attack in their opening two games, but Wilfried Zaha didn’t start their opener. The former United forward was marked out of the game by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane so hopefully Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will deploy a similar approach. Christian Benteke has barely scored since he left Aston Villa in 2015 so we won’t need to pay much attention to him.

Here is how I see Crystal Palace lining up: