It was unquestionable that our last result, prior to the international break, was a sharp dose of reality. Expectations had been high following a series of impressive results, and form, despite being during a tough set of fixtures. To witness the difference between ourselves and Manchester City demonstrated the gap which currently exists. Jose is still confident of finishing in the top four, despite the points difference at the moment. It is therefore essential that tomorrow’s encounter with Palace yields nothing less than three points.
On this occasion, is the reds who are the outstanding favourites. PaddyPower have listed the home side at 2/5, while the Londoners have been given as being 13/2. An interesting shout from BetVictor who have Anthony Martial at 14/1 to score in both halves. If he does score, he will join three other players in scoring in six consecutive matches in the Premier League. Eric Cantona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo being the other three.
The form displayed from both sides is perhaps an explanation for this. Utd have seen an upturn in results over the past few weeks. Our rivals tomorrow have continued to struggle for goals and points. For all their resolute defending and solid structure, it is up front that has let them down. Indeed, their six blanks this season is the joint highest so far.
Date: Saturday, November 24
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The home team will aim to get on the front foot early. Mourinho has bemoaned the poor starts in many of our games. Fellow strugglers, Newcastle, found themselves 2-0 up within the first quarter. Palace will aim to exploit any frailties in this regard and hit Utd on the break. Attacking players such as Andreas Townsend, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp and particularly Wilfrid Zaha pose a challenge in this regard. The latter will attempt to improve his personal record against his former club. He has yet to score or provide an assist to this date.
He provided a major boost in declaring himself fit after missing the home defeat to Spurs. Defenders James Tompkins and Mamadou Sakho also recovered from recent knocks. Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham, Joel Ward and Scott Dann are all out though. For the reds, Paul Pogba returns after missing the derby loss. Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Diego Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini come into contention. Luke Shaw misses out due picking up five bookings.
Hopefully the Reds will be able to set out a marker and put pressure on those ahead of in the league. A busy period lies ahead and a certain degree of confidence could be derived from a decent victory.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace