Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night as Ruben Neves’ stunning 25-yard strike rescued a point for the hosts.
It had otherwise been a solid performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who had taken the lead in the first half through Anthony Martial, off the back of our 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea in the opening weekend of the 2019-20 Premier League season.
Next up for the Red Devils is Crystal Palace, who are yet to score a single Premier League goal in their opening two matches – held 0-0 at home by 10-man Everton before losing 1-0 at newly-promoted Sheffield United this past weekend.
Wilfried Zaha was only named on the substitutes bench for their season opener, days after the Southeast London club had denied the former United man a move away from the club. The 26-year-old had been strongly linked with moves to Arsenal and Everton over the summer.
The forward was recalled to the starting lineup at Bramall Lane on Sunday but was largely marked out of the game by a tactically astute Sheffield United side. Roy Hodgson’s side have looked very weak in attack in their opening two matches, with Max Meyer their only player who has looked anything like hitting the back of the net.
Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday for a 3pm kickoff in which we are heavy favourites with both supporters and bookmakers alike. it seems that every tipster’s betting predictions this weekend has us down to win or win on the Asian Handicap by two or more goals. You’ll currently find a price of 4/11 for a Manchester United win.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be facing his former club after moving to Greater Manchester over the summer. The right-back has made an impressive start defensively but could do with more confidence in the final third. The youngster has passed up on a number of opportunities to put crosses into the box, but no doubt that will come with time and confidence.
With five goals in our opening two matches we should be confident in adding a few more goals to that tally on Saturday. The pace of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in particular should cause big problems to the likes of Joel Ward, Scott Dann and Martin Kelly in the Palace defence.
Ole should be expecting us to dominate possession at Old Trafford this weekend which could mean we see Juan Mata named in the starting lineup for the first time this season. The Spanish playmaker has only made two very late substitute appears to date whilst his playmaking and goalscoring ability would be very useful this weekend as we force Crystal Palace to sit back in their own half for the majority of the game.
Victory would move us onto seven points, and with Liverpool taking on Arsenal on Saturday, only one side can possibly have more than seven points at the end of this weekend. It would put us in a very good position so early in the campaign as Ole looks to bring Champions League football back to our great club.
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