United’s away performance is not so persuasive

Last updated: October 27, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWWW
Away form: DDWLW
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester United are not among the best visiting teams in the Premier League. The Red Devils have recorded 3 away victories from five games, but their performance still need serious improvement if they want to compete for the title. Moreover, United have conceded 7 goals in their last 4 away games which is extremely high for a title contender. The Red Devils find it difficult to adapt to the situation on the field in the first quarter of their games and that was obvious when they lost 3-0 to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

The Eagles aren’t convincing enough when they are playing at home. They have only two victories at Selhurst Park so far. Crystal Palace won 2-1 against the last team in the standings Aston Villa and 2-0 vs. West Bromwich, which comes to show that they are playing successfully only against weaker opponents.

If van Gaal wants Manchester United to stick with the leaders, The Red Devils must win three points from their visit to Selhurst Park. Otherwise, the team will significantly fall behind from the top places in the standings.

Team News

Luke Shaw’s absence of the field has reflected significant Manchester United’s performance in defence. The left back is expected to return in March.

Patrick McNair is also sidelined for the Red Devils. The defender is going to return to full training within a week.

Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and Kwesi Appiah are injured for the Eagles and won’t take part in the clash.

Dwight Gayle was sent off against West Ham, but his suspension has now expired and the attacker can start the match for Crystal Palace.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “They’re good games for us. Man City and Man United. We look forward to those and hopefully (we can) get ourselves a win.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “I have already said, in the transfer period, I could not buy every player I want and that’s also because of the market.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Campbell.
Subs Bolasie, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, McCarthy, Ward, Mutch
Injured: Appiah, Chamakh, Wickham
Not available: Gayle
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Martial, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Young, Fellaini, Jones, Schweinsteiger, Carrick, Darmian.
Injured: Shaw, McNair.
Not available:

Key Battle

puncheon Puncheon this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 871 0 2 2 0 2 0
schneiderlin Schneiderlin this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 (1) 718 1 0,4 0 0 2 0

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season Manchester United this season
7 League Position 4
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
3-1 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (0)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (2)
1-3 to West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Cabaye (4) Top scorer Mata, Martial (3)
McArthur, Puncheon (2) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y18, R1 Discipline Y16, R0
3 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 6
5 Both Teams to Score Games 5
5 Over 2.5 Games 6
5 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Manchester United have won the impressive number of 20 games from 32 in total against Crystal Palace, which comes to show the Red Devils don’t have difficulties when playing against the Eagles.
  • The last Crystal Palace’s home victory against United was 24 years ago, when on 11th May 1991 the Eagles won by 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
  • Manchester United won their last away Premiership match against Everton by 3-0. Palace lost their last home match – 1-3 to West Ham.
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a 2-1 victory for Manchester United. Mata and Fellaini scored for the Red Devils and secured the points.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/05/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-2 Man United Mata (PG) 19′
08/11/14 The Premier League Man United 1-0 Crystal Palace Mata 67′
22/02/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-2 Man United van Persie (PG) 62′
14/09/13 The Premier League Man United 2-0 Crystal Palace van Persie (PG) 45′
30/11/11 The Capital One Cup Man United 1-2(AE) Crystal Palace Ambrose 66′