Late Matic strike gives United win in five-goal Palace thriller
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 06, 2018,
Mar 06, 2018, 1:33
Fierce rivals and league leaders Manchester City now have a gap that's over 10 points to Jose Mourinho's men who are in second. Crystal Palace will fight hard and they will not give anything away easily.
Pogba has scored in both of his PL matches against Crystal Palace.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea are all competitions alongside United for a place in the top four in order to qualify for next season's Champions League. Yohan Cabaye, Joel Ward, Mamadou Sakho, Wilfried Zaha, Julian Speroni, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham are all out.
After hosting United, Palace then visit Chelsea and the improving Huddersfield before Liverpool come to Selhurst Park, meaning that by the end of March they could be far from safety and within the bottom three. Having lost the match to United, Antonio Conte's men have to fearless City's onslaught to regain momentum and be in the run for a top four position. It could be argued Martial and Paul Pogba also require the shackles to be off if they are to be at their best.
Ander Herrera (muscle) misses out whilst injured defenders Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are absent.
Goal difference alone is keeping Hodgson's team out of the relegation zone, but he has succeeded in giving Palace an identity and confidence and organising a shaky defence. I came to do the job that needs to be done on a daily basis. The south-London outfit now sit 17th, with only goal difference keeping them above the relegation zone, but they could fall into it if results over the weekend go against them. They've been struck by a wave of injuries, enforced substitutions and some really poor results.
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The Red Devils have already lifted the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League during Mourinho's time in charge of the club, having suffered a significant downturn in success following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The quality is there but we have to be honest, we need to do more. Based on current form and strength of the roster, expect United to claim the three points at Selhurst Park. The offer will be available for players who register through this link.
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