Manchester United will be eyeing a sixth straight Premier League win when they face Crystal Palace in tonight’s game at Selhurst Park.
The Red Devils have had the perfect record since the World Cup break and recently registered a stunning 2-1 comeback win over Manchester City at Old Trafford. With the victory, they are now five points clear of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand and have the chance to extend the advantage against the Eagles.
United go into the game as favourites to secure another three points. Ten Hag is unlikely to make wholesale changes despite a key game at leaders Arsenal on Sunday.
David de Gea had a comfortable Manchester derby and did not make a single save. The defence was solid in front of him and the Spaniard will be hoping for another quiet game. The 32-year-old will be eyeing his 10th clean sheet of the top-flight campaign.
In defence, Diogo Dalot is likely to miss out again as he is nursing a thigh injury. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has had a tremendous resurgence in recent weeks, deserves to start in the right-back role. He should be up for the challenge against his former club…
Lisandro Martinez has not made a solitary league start since his victorious World Cup campaign with Argentina. We anticipate him to return to the fray against Palace. He should partner Raphael Varane at the heart of the defence with Luke Shaw moving to his customary left-back role.
Both Casemiro and Fred are at risk of being suspended against Arsenal if they pick up a booking tonight. However, this does not mean that Ten Hag will play it safe. We fully expect Casemiro to start in the number six role. The Brazilian will probably be more cautious with his tackling.
The 30-year-old should be partnered by Christian Eriksen in the centre of the park. Fred probably drops to the bench as Ten Hag may go with a more attacking line-up. Antony could return to the right wing, having only come off the bench at half-time against the Cityzens.
Bruno Fernandes should return in his preferred number 10 role. He started on the right flank in the derby. Marcus Rashford is now an automatic choice on the left wing. The club graduate already has 16 goals to his name. He will be aiming to score for the eight successive game for United.
Up front, we fancy a full Premier League debut for Wout Weghorst. Ten Hag voiced concerns over Anthony Martial’s fitness in his pre-match press conference. We won’t be surprised if the Frenchman starts on the bench at Selhurst Park tonight.