Manchester United entertain Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their first Premier League game after the international break. The Red Devils come into the match on the back of a 3-1 derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City, which has witnessed them drop seven points behind the final Champions League spot occupied by Tottenham Hotspur.
David de Gea has endured another tough international break where he has come under criticism for his performances with the Spanish national team. Still, this has not affected his United role by any stretch and he should retain his position between the sticks for the 13th straight Premier League game.
In defence, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw have been constants under Jose Mourinho over the past month but there will certainly be one change this weekend with Shaw making way from the starting lineup.
The England international remains unavailable due to suspension after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against City and this may witness Young slot into the left side of the backline with skipper Antonio Valencia returning to the fray on the opposite end.
In the midfield, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic should keep their places from the derby defeat and they could be accompanied by Paul Pogba, who has recovered from the thigh strain which saw him miss the City clash as well as international duty with the French national team.
Upfront, Anthony Martial has recovered from the knock which kept him out of Les Bleus duty and this should automatically see him retain his starting spot on the left wing, where he has excelled with goals in each of the previous five Premier League matches.
On the opposite flank, Jesse Lingard could retain his position after building up his confidence with England. The attacker scored in back-to-back matches for the Three Lions in the break and one of those came against Croatia in a game which ensured the country’s progress into the semi-final phase of the Nations League.
Upfront, Alexis Sanchez appears the likelier option with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku currently doubtful for the encounter. Rashford appeared to be nursing a knock after being substituted for England versus Croatia. Lukaku, meanwhile, has sustained a fresh hamstring injury and could play no part for Belgium recently as they were surprisingly ousted from the Nations League.
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