David Moyes is still looking for his first Old Trafford win as Manchester United boss, and he’ll certainly be expecting to put that right against Crystal Palace tomorrow. Ian Holloway’s men return to Old Trafford for the first time in two years, and last time the sides met the visitors won the game 2-1 when a certain Wilfried Zaha was the star man.
Many expect Moyes to shuffle the pack tomorrow as the Champions League group stage beckons, with United playing Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha could all be set for their first minutes under the new boss.
KO: 12:45 BST
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 14th September 2013
Wayne Rooney looks set to miss out as he is still recovering from that nasty gash on his head that kept him out of both England internationals. Both Phil Jones and Rafael are doubts, as they look to overcome an ankle problem and a hamstring problem respectively. Manchester United have been handed a boost though, with Javier Hernandez, Nani and Jonny Evans all featuring for their countries meaning they’ll be available for selection. Darren Fletcher has also started training with the first-team, but this game will come way too soon for the Scot.
Moyes certainly has some decisions to make tomorrow, and perhaps the biggest one will be whether or not to start with Shinji Kagawa. Many fans have been pleading for his inclusion but that hasn’t happened as of yet due to the amount of travelling he has done.
Palace will be coming to Old Trafford without fear. The London side have taken three points from their opening three games but come into this one with a few injury problems. No fewer than eight first-team players are sidelined, including the talented Jonathan Williams who has been ruled out for at least a month.
Hopefully the Old Trafford crowd will get behind the team early on, and they’ll respond with an early goal to settle the nerves. The longer this game goes on remaining scoreless, the more Palace will come into the game and fancy their chances.
Score Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
See our predicted line-up for the game here.