Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag may make changes against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night in order to prepare for the visit of Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday. The Red Devils come to Selhurst Park hoping for their tenth consecutive victory in order to maintain their unexpected title challenge.
Ten Hag will have to use all four corners of his squad in the coming months, with fixtures coming thick and fast with United still competing in four competitions.
And the Palace visit provides an excellent opportunity to do so, including giving January signing Wout Weghorst his debut.
Express Sport examines how United might line up against the Eagles, with a win putting them temporarily second in the Premier League.
De Gea, the goalkeeper
Ten Hag may make up to six changes for the trip to Selhurst Park, but none will be in the goal.
David de Gea’s first Premier League goal since the World Cup came from Jack Grealish’s header in the Manchester derby.
A game under the lights away from home always involves the risk of the Spaniard needing to be at his best.
Because Jack Butland is on loan from Palace, he is ineligible to play for United, so Tom Heaton will fill in.
Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, and Shaw from the defense.
Diogo Dalot missed Manchester City’s victory due to injury and is unlikely to be pushed back following another outstanding performance in Aaron Wan-comeback. Bissaka’s
The right-back was linked with a return to Palace earlier this month, but he is now set to stay at United past the winter deadline.
It’s difficult to imagine Raphael Varane starting three games in a row. Harry Maguire might take his place, and Lisandro Martinez could make his first Premier League start since the World Cup.
Tyrell Malacia could preserve his spot following an excellent derby performance, but Luke Shaw is likely to switch from center-back to left-back.
McTominay, Eriksen, and Fernandes play in midfield.
Ten Hag faces a conundrum in midfield. If Casemiro or Fred are booked against Palace, they will be suspended for the Arsenal game.
As a result, it’s not shocking to see both drops out of the starting lineup in south London and return on Sunday.
Scott McTominay, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, might make a rare start alongside Christian Eriksen in the double pivot.
Ten Hag is set to keep Bruno Fernandes as his talisman after selecting him as Man of the Match against Manchester City.
Antony, Garnacho, and Weghorst lead the attack.
Injury concerns may necessitate major adjustments in the assault, beginning with Antony’s return to the starting lineup on the right.
Marcus Rashford scored the game-winning goal against Manchester City despite taking a hit.
As a result, he should be used as an emergency substitute against Arsenal, with Alejandro Garnacho starting on the left.
Weghorst is set to make his United debut after Anthony Martial pulled from the derby at halftime due to an injury.