Predicted Manchester United XI to play Crystal Palace

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United go into the home clash against Crystal Palace this weekend needing a positive result to get back on track.

United have suffered a small patch of inconsistency with a draw against Chelsea and a defeat at Liverpool following a superb start to the season away at Swansea City.

David Moyes knows he’s already under a little bit of pressure and he will more than likely send out a very attacking side to rip Crystal Palace apart which is not great news for Ian Holloway.

Here is the side he may go with.

GK – David De Gea

There is no reason to drop De Gea from the number one spot because he’s not made a bad mistake yet this season. He’s been consistent and reliable, continuing to work on the small weaknesses to his game. His shot stopping ability could prove to be vital when Palace counter attack.

RB – Chris Smalling

With Phil Jones carrying an ankle knock and Raphael getting over a hamstring problem, this match may come too soon for either. That could lead Moyes into handing a start to Smalling, one of the United defenders who does have recent experience playing the right back role.

CB – Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand will be fresh following the international break and he’s started the season in decent form, which means there is no reason to overlook him. He’ll dig in when Palace have any spells of pressure and he’ll be key when they try to attack at set piece situations.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

Vidic won’t be quite so fresh but he should still line up in the heart of United’s defence. His aggression, ability in the air and ability to organise the back four under pressure are just a few of the reasons it would be a terrible decision for Moyes to drop him.

LB – Patrice Evra

The Frenchman has been enjoying a very solid start to the season. There has been a lot of talk within United supporter circles over why the side needs to go and buy another top class left back when Evra is producing some of the best form since he moved to the club.

RM – Antonio Valencia

Valencia is showing signs that he can be far more consistent than he was at times last season. His pace makes him extremely vital in a defensive and attacking sense, plus he’s getting into some great positions in the opponent’s final third and is making the right decisions.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick remains the closest thing United have to an out and out holding player. The way he reads the game, moves in for interceptions and cuts off the angles means he is going to be a vital component of the side for this match and for the rest of the season.

CM – Tom Cleverley

Although United fans are crying out for Shinji Kagawa to be used, Moyes has made it clear that Cleverley is going to be one of his main men this season. Cleverley has to do more to control the ball and move it smoothly through the midfield, cutting out needless errors.

CM – Marouane Fellaini

Expect to see Fellaini making his debut if Cleverley plays. United will need him to be the player who plays at the top of the midfield, hovering in that gap between the middle of the side and the attack. His presence will be useful if United want to play the ball long early.

LM – Danny Welbeck

Welbeck will be fresh after he was suspended for the match against Ukraine. He continues to be used in a left sided role and that’s how Moyes will more than likely use him for this game. He’s good enough to stay out wide but also to move in and link up with van Persie when Fellaini is out of position.

ST – Robin van Persie

There is only one man who will be leading the United attack and van Persie should be determined to maintain his momentum following goals during the international break. He’s the one player in the current squad Moyes will want on the end of vital chances.

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