Manchester United’s issues with injury have been well documented over the last few days, leading to mountains of speculation over how Solskjær will look to approach tomorrow night’s visit to Selhurst Park but one particular United site have given an insight into his potential plans.
The People’s Person suggest that the Norwegian will opt for a 4-3-3 in SE25, using academy product Tahith Chong on the opposite flank to Antony Martial in an attacking trio that utilises Romelu Lukaku centrally.
Behind them, the suggestion is that United will opt for a three man central midfield with Paul Pogba and Fred sitting in front of the deeper-lying Scott McTominay, who will be protecting a back four of Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Eric Baily and Diogo Dalot with David De Gea in goal.
It’s a potential XI which admittedly looks weaker for the absence of Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Matic and Herrera but even so, there’s more than enough quality present to suggest that they can hold their own up against Roy Hodgson’s Eagles under the lights at Selhurst. Fans will need little convincing over the pace and power of Martial and Lukaku, whilst Paul Pogba looks to be a man reborn following the departure of former boss Jose Mourinho. With academy prospect Tahith Chong topped for big things too, it’s remarkable to see how well the Reds can cope with such heavy losses of personnel.
Palace also have a selection of injuries to contend with heading into the game, specifically in defence. With Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all expected to be missing on Wednesday, you would assume that Hodgson will go with a back four of Van Aanholt, Dann, Tomkins and Ward which whilst far from perfect, can at least be relied upon to put up a stern fight against the Champions League chasing Reds.
Do you like Palace’s chances of an upset looking at the two expected XIs? I’d suggest our players are relishing the opportunity to give it a go based on our recent good form, particularly if Zaha and Batshuayi remain in a similar mood to the one which saw them play so well against Leicester last weekend.