Jesse Lingard out, Juan Mata in? How Manchester United are set to line-up against Crystal Palace

Following their disappointing draw at Wolves on Monday night, Manchester United will be eager to get back to winning ways when they face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils made the perfect start to the 2019/20 season after sweeping aside Chelsea with a 4-0 triumph.

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It’s been a mixed start to the season for Manchester United
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However, they could only manage a point in their second game after battling to a draw at Molineux in a game which saw Paul Pogba have a penalty saved.

What made the miss more significant was the way the Frenchman appeared to take the penalty-taking duties off Marcus Rashford on the pitch, even though the striker scored from the spot against Chelsea.

However, cold water was poured on any suggestions that Pogba over-ruled team orders and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Pogba will still continue to take penalties for the club.

Solskjaer said: “I’m sure you’re going to see Paul Pogba score a penalty for Man United again. Definitely.

“Let’s see when we get the next one. We’re practising penalties still and Marcus and Paul are still on them.”

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Pogba even received racist abuse for missing this penalty
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There’s nothing like the next game to silence the critics and Pogba will be keen to put in a good performance against the Eagles on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Roy Hodgson’s side have one point from their opening two games, with their last match a defeat at newly-promoted Sheffield United.

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The defeat to the Blades suggests it could be a difficult season ahead for Palace
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This is a match that United are firm favourites to win but how might they line up?

Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted Manchester United XI when they play host to Crystal Palace.

How Manchester United could look against Crystal Palace

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Solskjaer has very few injury concerns ahead of the match with Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah the only players who are sidelined.

There shouldn’t be too many changes from their opening two matches and the back four should keep their spots as United have looked fairly solid at the back so far. The only goal they’ve conceded was a stunning long-range effort by Ruben Neves.

In midfield, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba should play together in the more defensive roles although the onus will be on the Red Devils to attack in a game they should win so don’t be surprised to see the Frenchman get forward plenty of times.

Rashford and Anthony Martial can both play on the left or in the central role up front and they’ve both got two goals this season so will surely start.

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Will Rashford take the penalty next time United get awarded one?
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Daniel James, who started against Wolves, may get a run out again and add to his goal tally following his strike against Chelsea. Forward Mason Greenwood, 17, could come on later in the game.

However, Solskjaer may opt for a change in attacking midfield and start a wise head in Juan Mata in to replace Jesse Lingard, who received some criticism for his display on Monday.

A rotten statistic surfaced about Lingard after the game – the midfielder failing to score a goal or make an assist for United since December 2018.

There’s a chance Andreas Pereira could come in for Lingard which could put Pogba in a more advanced position but this doesn’t seem as likely.


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