It’s getting too close for comfort at the top end of the Premier League table for Manchester United, they currently sit in 4th place in the table, 4 points ahead of rivals Liverpool. United’s position in the top four looked secure until the recent defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom last weekend. With only three games to go until the end of the season, United may only need one win to secure that top four place. Manchester United head to Selhurst Park today to play Crystal Palace and will be looking to get that win and put the pressure on Liverpool ahead of their game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Both teams go into this game in poor form, having both lost their last three games having both been two of the form teams in the country. Crystal Palace have lost their last two games at home so will be desperate not to make that three losses in a row in front of their home fans. While United have lost their last two games on the road after having looked to have found their form on the road after wins at Newcastle and Liverpool.
This game will see Wilfried Zaha play against Manchester United for the first time since returning to Crystal Palace from United permanently in January. Zaha moved from Palace to United in the summer of 2013 as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing. He struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, he had a spell on loan at Cardiff City in the second half of last season and failed to make an impact there. He returned to Palace on loan at the start of this season and that move was turned permanent in January. Could it have been different at Old Trafford for Zaha if Ferguson had stayed in charge at Old Trafford or was the move just too much for him.
Michael Carrick has been ruled out for the rest of the season, with the calf injury that he suffered against Manchester City. He recent period out of the team has coincided with United’s poor run of results and made a lot of United fans realise how important Carrick is to any future success we may have. Having said that Carrick is 33 years old and won’t be around for the long-term. Therefore it is imperative that United sign one if not two central midfielders in the summer. Elsewhere on the injury front, Luke Shaw is available after a slight injury last week. Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are all available again, with the first two probably only making the bench.
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