Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United: 3 Key Battles
Manchester United would be looking over their shoulders with just 3 games remaining for the end of the season and 4 points separating them from Liverpool for the 4th Champions League spot, United seem to have hit a rough patch at the wrong time of the season. Manchester United have lost their last 3 games and for the first time in the Premier League they have not scored in 3 games, something that no manager would want to have on their CV. If that is not bad enough, the performances have been poor and they will need to rectify that when they take on another tough team Crystal Palace, away from home.
Palace themselves are safe from relegation thanks to the good work done by Alan Pardew and they will be looking to do a number on United just like West Brom did last week. With a crunch tie to determine Champions League positions, we look at 3 key battles for the game between Palace and United.
Dann vs. Rooney
Scott Dann might have faced relegation with Blackburn a few years ago but he has certainly gotten back to the big time with his performances for Palace and he would have a tough time of keeping Wayne Rooney quiet in the game. Rooney would be the focal point of all of Manchester United’s attacks and if Palace want to leave with something from this game, Dann would have to play one of his best games this season.
Zaha vs. Valencia
The return of the old boy, Zaha did not enjoy his only season at Manchester United under David Moyes and he was sent back to Crystal Palace where he made his name. Zaha might have been a little crestfallen as to what happened but that didn’t faze the youngster and he has resurrected his career at Palace, a little. He would be raring to go against United to prove a point and Valencia would have a tough task of keeping the young winger quiet.
Bolasie vs. Young
Two wingers who seem to be hitting the right gears at the right time of the season, Bolasie and Young weren’t the most consistent players but slowly and surely they have become integral for their respective teams. The battle between the two wingers will be fun to watch as one relies on tricks and skills while the other has great crossing ability. Bolasie will be hoping to do well against one of the big teams in the league while Young will be looking to continue his great run of form and not only make his place in the United XI a certainty but also look to get back into the England set up.