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MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 22 February, 2014

17:30 KO (BST)

Selhurst Park, London (26,255)


Crystal Palace (15th)

“This is one of the stellar games. They are a great football club that had been dominated and run by probably the greatest manager in English football history. The changeover was always going to be difficult. There was never any doubt in my mind about that. But David Moyes is the right man. They have got to be patient and they will be. United are a class football club.” – Tony Pulis on United.

“Fixtures like this one against Manchester United are why you want to play in this league. You can’t underestimate them – they are a fantastic team, they’ve got brilliant players.” – Joe Ledley on United.

Starting XI from: Julian Speroni, Lewis Price, Wayne Hennessey; Patrick McCarthy, Damien Delaney, Scott Dann, Daniel Gabbidon, Adrian Mariappa, Dean Moxey, Jonathan Parr, Joel Ward; Joe Ledley, Barry Bannan, Hiram Boateng, Owen Garvan, Mile Jedinak, Jonathan Williams, Stuart O’Keefe, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Adlene Guedioura, Yannick Bolasie, Thomas Ince, Jason Puncheon; Cameron Jerome, Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle, Aaron Wilbraham, Glenn Murray

Doubts: Jerome Thomas (back)

Unavailable: n/a

Top scorer: Marouane Chamakh (5)

Most assists: Ten players (1)

Home record: P13 W6 D2 L5 F13 A15 Pts20

Home form: W L D W W W


United (7th)

“We want to win. We have another big game on Tuesday night as well. We play at 17:30 and then again on Tuesday night. That’s the way it is but we’ll be ready. There’s a squad here that’s always been used to being rotated”– David Moyes on United.

“He has showed all his experience. A lot of people were writing Tony off during his time at Stoke but he hasn’t half gone in there (Palace) and made a few people eat their words.” – Moyes on Pulis.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

Doubts: Rafael da Silva (concussion), Jonny Evans (calf), Phil Jones (concussion)

Unavailable: Nani (hamstring)

Top scorer: Robin van Persie (10)

Most assists: Wayne Rooney (9)

Away record: P13 W6 D3 L4 F23 A19 Pts21

Away form: W W W L L D

Away record vs Crystal Palace: P17 W8 D5 L4 F28 A23

Fellaini Manchester United

Last five meetings

United 2-0 Crystal Palace (14-09-13)

United 1-2 Crystal Palace (30-11-11) LC

Crystal Palace 0-0 United (05-03-05)

United 5-2 Crystal Palace (18-12-04)

United 2-0 Crystal Palace (10-11-04) LC



Referee: Michael Oliver.

The 29-year-old official has overseen 18 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 71 yellow cards and 2 red cards. He has awarded 3 penalties. Last took charge of a United fixture when the Reds won 3-2 away to Hull City on Boxing Day, sending off Antonio Valencia late on.

Assistants: S Burt, A Garrett.

Fourth Official: K Friend.

Michael Oliver


The match marks David Moyes’ 40th game in charge of United – he has yet to name the same starting XI for two consecutive matches.

United are without an away league win in 3 games.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in 4 home league fixtures.

Crystal Palace have scored 44% of their Premier League goals from set-pieces – the highest number in the division.

United have not lost a Premier League match this season where they have scored the first goal (W12 D3).

United have won 9 and drawn 2 of the last 11 league meetings between the sides.

United have lost the most points (7) from goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of matches in the Premier League this season.

Michael Carrick looks set to make his 400th appearance in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney has not scored or assisted a goal in his last 5 Premier League matches.



Crystal Palace 11/2 Draw 14/5 United 8/15

RedMancunian predictions

Jack (@jackkholt): Crystal Palace 1-1 United

Craig (@CraigNorwood): Crystal Palace 1-2 United

Sam (@CenterSneak): Crystal Palace 1-1 United

Jay (@RFFH): Crystal Palace 1-1 United

Mark (@mdhzk3): Crystal Palace 1-3 United

Andy (@andy_thomo): Crystal Palace 2-2 United

Nick (@ManUnitedYouth): Crystal Palace 1-2 United

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