CAN out of form Manchester United win at Selhurst Park on Saturday? Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) takes a look.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United | Saturday 17:30 | Sky Sports 1
What’s happened to Man Utd eh? Cast your mind back this time last month and everyone was adding them to their 2015/16 league accas. They’d just smashed up Spurs, lobotomised Liverpool and mutilated Manchester City. Some idiots even mentioned a late assault on the title. And then…
Well what followed was a fairly respectable 1-0 loss to Chelsea, a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Everton followed by a rare loss at Old Trafford at the hands of the not-so-mighty West Brom.
Some of the pundits in the media have been disgracing themselves as usual by questioning whether Louis Van Gaal is the right man to take Manchester United forward. These are the same clowns that were praising him to high heaven a month ago.
My view? It’s been a long uncomfortable season for the club. It’s been anything but straight-forward with the injuries and new systems and they’re probably feeling the effects of that now. Nothing more than that for me.
A trip to Selhurst Park looks a fiendish task for Van Gaal’s men though. Let’s not beat about the bush, their away form has been poor this season with just five wins from 17 Premier League games. Oddly three of their wins have came against the big seven.
I expected Palace to badly succumb to Chelsea on Sunday and feel their wrath but it just didn’t happen. It’s three defeats in a row for Alan Pardew’s team and that will be playing on his mind as he aims for the highest possible league finish.
Since he took over the side they’ve beaten Manchester City and Spurs and lost by the odd goal to Chelsea and Arsenal so this game won’t phase them. There’s certainly enough to suggest they’ll be competitive in this fixture.
It’s Both Teams To Score for me at a decent 19/20 with William Hill. It seems unthinkable for Manchester United to fire a fourth successive blank, while as mentioned above Palace have a decent record against this level of opposition.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United – Both Teams To Score (19/20 William Hill)