After a disappointing performance against Aitor Karanka’s side, Middlesbrough, earlier this week, Manchester United’s focus has been channeled to the premier league. The red devils will face Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace this Saturday 31st of October. Amidst the concern for the fitness and morale of the players, United can still put up a strong team against Crystal Palace and scoop the three points they desperately need.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
It is obvious that the Spaniard will start considering the fact that he is the club’s number one choice and best player last season. Romero had his chance earlier this week and is ready to sit and watch from the bench.
Right Back: Darmian
Darmian hasn’t been impressive lately but due to Antonio Valencia’s injury, Darmian will find himself in the starting team against Crystal Palace this weekend.
Center Backs: Chris Smalling and Phil Jones
The duo cemented their eleven games clean sheet record against City last week and definitely want to build and create more milestones together. They have been pretty solid so far and their authentic bond has excused Daley Blind to the bench, although he (Daley Blind) featured earlier this week and did put out a nice display; he still needs to work hard to fight his way into the first team.
Left Back: Marcos Rojo
After his excellent display last week against City, United fans would be devastated if the Argentine doesn’t start against Palace. Young was played in the left back position earlier this week, replacing Rojo in the second half and the fans thought he’s been wasted there and should be in an attacking position.
Central Midfield: Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin
A combination that has been proven to be the best for the club. Featuring a play making German and a hardworking Frenchman. This two made the United midfield their home and their partnership has been really good this season. Carrick will have to start from the bench this weekend.
Forwards: Mata, Herrera, Young
This isn’t a new combination, although Young has been introduced instead of Memphis Depay and we saw that Memphis was very poor earlier this week and playing him against palace will be a gamble that is unlikely to yield any positive results. Rooney isn’t “good enough” to start United’s next game and it will be beneficial if Ander Herrera makes good use of that inactive position. Mata has been pretty solid this season and he’s also leading in the club’s goal scoring chart this year, so I think he will definitely start considering the fact that he was an unused sub in the Middlesbrough game.
Top Striker: Anthony Martial
“Martial Arts” as the fans calls him, should start in the striking position this weekend. Martial has been playing from the flank for the past few games and I think it’s time for him to return to his normal position if United really want to end this mini goal drought. Martial came as a sub in the mid-week game against Middlesbrough and showed a brief glimpse of quality and everyone has been thinking he will be more useful in the striking position and I totally agree. Wayne Rooney really needs to sit out on this one.