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7 absentees and doubts for Man Utd against Crystal Palace

Manchester United could be without as many as seven first team players for our game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The international break doesn’t appear to have done us any favourites with a couple of players picking up knocks since the derby nearly a fortnight ago.

Prior to Jose Mourinho’s press conference on Friday, here are the players who miss this weekend’s Premier League action:

1. Luke Shaw

The one player guaranteed not to feature for us on Saturday is Luke Shaw. The left-back is suspended for picking up five yellow cards this season, including one in each of our last two matches. In his absence Ashley Young could be moved across to left-back where he played the majority of last season, and captain Antonio Valencia coming back in at right-back.

2. Diogo Dalot

Another option at right-back could have been summer signing Diogo Dalot. However, the Portuguese youngster is still lacking match fitness after recently recovering from his injury picked up over the summer so it’s unlikely that he’ll feature against Crystal Palace.

3. Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly has a knock, though that shouldn’t bother the centre-back. However, Jose Mourinho has fallen out with the Ivorian and with Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones all fit I simply cannot see the boss recalling the 24-year-old for this one. We’re 11/10 to win to nil with 138 this weekend.

4. Anthony Martial

Our in-form forward withdrew from the French squad for their two fixtures over the international break due to a thigh injury. One has to hope Anthony Martial is good to go this weekend as he has scored in each of our last five Premier League fixtures. The 22-year-old is 13/10 to score anytime against Crystal Palace with 138.

5. Paul Pogba

The second Manchester United player to withdraw from France’s final UEFA Nations League match was Paul Pogba. The central midfielder too has a problem with his thigh. He missed the derby at the Etihad before the international break too.

6. Romelu Lukaku

Our striker was taken off at half-time in Belgium’s recent Nations League match due to a hamstring injury. Romelu Lukaku had already missed a couple of games recently due to injury before making his return as a substitute versus Manchester City. His absence would be a blow this weekend with Alexis Sanchez in poor form and Marcus Rashford a doubt himself.

7. Marcus Rashford

The 21-year-old limped off in England’s recent victory over Croatia to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals. That has cast a shadow over Marcus Rashford’s fitness and availability for Manchester United this weekend.

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