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Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United competes with Joe Ledley of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on November 8, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Crystal Palace is looking for its first league win over Manchester United since 1991 when it welcomes the Red Devils into Selhurst Park on Saturday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via live Extra).

In order for Palace to make some history and halt its slide against United, it needs to find its early-season form. The Eagles are losers of four of five, the only wins coming against West Brom Albion and Watford.

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United will be without Antonio Valencia, Memphis Depay and James Wilson for the match, players who picked up injuries in their League Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

But the Old Trafford side has been a bit distracted by Paul Scholes’ incendiary comments on its play under Louis van Gaal.

What they’re saying
Palace’s Brede Hangeland on the match: “They’re a top club, as always, and are very hard to face, They’ve got loads of good places and they keep the ball really well, so it’s another tough test for us. But it’ll be tough for them as well to come to Selhurst Park. They keep the ball more than almost any other team in the league and that can be frustrating if you’re defending against them and not seeing much of the ball, but if you break on them you can be dangerous. It will be interesting to see how that goes.

United’s Van Gaal on Paul Scholes’ criticism of his tactics: ““I always take risks. I don’t agree with his opinion. He has a lot of resonance [being sarcastic]. He should speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or Ed Woodward not….because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky.”


Palace’s boisterous home atmosphere is a boon for them and an obstacle for any side, but United’s possessive style will frustrate the Selhurst Park set. Cabaye and company may have their work cut out here, especially given the strengths of Chris Smalling. United wins 2-0.

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