Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: FA Cup Final Preview, Team News, Predicted Lineups, And More

A Big Day for Manchester United! Louis van Gaal’s men will be battling to Alan Pardew’s side Crystal Palace for the FA cup.

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Manchester United, in their last FA cup fixture, defeated Everton with a dramatic injury time goal by Anthony Martial. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, defeated Watford by 2 goals to 1 to reach the grand stage at Wembley.

Manchester United didn’t have a very good season, but the side still managed to qualify for the Europa League’s group stages by finishing 5th on the Premier League table.

Manchester United had a positive result in their last premier league fixture, where the side comfortably defeated Bournemouth by 3 goals to 1, and the Devils will be carrying this confidence to the Wembley. On the other hand, Crystal Palace was humiliated at the St. Mary’s by Southampton in their last premier league fixture as the side was trashed by 4 goals to 1.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Team News-

Wilfried Zaha is expected to return for Crystal Palace after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Bakary Sako has also been passed fit for Palace, and the only absentee for the club is midfielder Joe Ledley.

Manchester United will be welcoming Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Marcos Rojo while Marouane Fellaini will also return after serving his ban.

Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fonsu-Mensah are unlikely to be fit,while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw are unfit and Memphis Depay is not in the squad.

Predicted Lineup-

Crystal Palace-

Speroni

Ward; Dann; Delaney; Soare

Zaha; Cabaye; Jedinak; Puncheon

Wickham; Bolasie

 

Manchester United-

De Gea

Valencia; Smalling; Blind; Borthwick-Jackson

Mata; Carrick; Rooney; Lingard; Martial

Rashford

 

Stats-

  • Manchester United collected four points against Crystal Palace during the season, including a 2-0 home win in April.
  • The sides played out a scoreless draw at Selhurst Park in October in the other league meeting this season.
  • Crystal Palace have never won a Premier League match against United, losing 11 times and drawing 3. All three draws came at Selhurst Park.
  • Crystal Palace’s only win over Manchester United in the last 10 years took place in the League Cup in November 2011.
  • This will be the third-ever FA Cup meeting between Palace and United. The first two both came at neutral venues with Manchester United winning in a replay.

 

Prediction-

Manchester United have already qualified for the Europa League, but they will be looking to win the FA trophy as they haven’t won this since 12 years. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, will be looking to get a win this time as they haven’t won against Manchester United since a long time. The cup finals always excite the fans as well as the players. Both the teams will have just one thing in mind, and that is; Winning the trophy. A tough battle for sure, but I think Manchester United will clinch the title.

0-2 Manchester United

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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