The last time that Manchester United attacked well was against Everton, 4 matches ago, so why not return to that XI. Manchester United’s injury list is currently occupied by 5 players in which has affected the Premier League odds with Memphis Depay, James Wilson, Antonio Valencia, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw all out for the Crystal Palace game. Ashley Young is questionable to play as he’s still returning from a niggling calf injury.
Antonio Valencia provided a key defensive performance against Manchester City and was possibly the most threatening to their defence. But when he couldn’t play on Matteo Darmian filled in very well at right back, and kept Kevin de Bruyne at bay.
Jones has to come back in place of the midweek shambles that was Daley Blind. He threatened Romero’s net more than Middlesbrough did! Jonesy has put in some good performances alongside Super Chris and is improving in each game, as Smalling has.
Marouane Fellaini should never be included in a United starting eleven, even if it is in the League Cup. Aside from sudden warm up injuries to: Rooney, Mata, Blind, Bastian, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Herrera and all youth midfielders, Fellaini shouldn’t start against Crystal Palace. It’s a must win match, at the top of the table, United’s best players need to start.
David De Gea
Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo
Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata
Though Anthony Martial is more of a goal threat in the top striking role, Rooney isn’t a threat at all in midfield, at least the young Frenchman still threatens the defence when storming up the left wing.
Juan Mata has appeared to have fallen out of favour with Louis van Gaal in recent games, with Jesse Lingard getting a lot of his pitch time. But this match up provides his skilful play a great chance of getting involved with the goals.
Herrera, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin has proven to be a decent set up in midfield, especially with Herrera in the more advanced role. The Spaniard does very well to play a box-to-box game whilst also trying to score.
Manchester United kick off against Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park, at 15:00 and so will not be televised in the UK.