Manchester United are away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight, three days after drawing 2-2 at home to Southampton and three days before our trip to Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Chelsea’s 1-0 win at home to Norwich City means they are four points ahead of us having played one game more, and having an additional two days’ rest before we meet in the capital this weekend. Leicester City are currently keeping us out of the Champions League places on goal difference – they host Sheffield United two hours before we’re in action at Selhurst Park.
Roy Hodgson’s side have been on their holidays since securing their Premier League status for next season, subsequently losing their next five. I am expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to heavily rotate the starting lineup this evening.
Here’s how I think the boss will play it:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Sergio Romero should start the FA Cup semi-final so there’s no reason why David de Gea will be rested for the trip down south.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot
We could be without both Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams which means Diogo Dalot comes into the back four by default. I don’t see Ole switching to a back three whilst we’ve been protecting David de Gea well and playing even better in this formation since the restart. Aaron Wan-Bissaka should keep his place to face his former club, whilst I can see one of the centre-backs getting a rest, replaced by Eric Bailly. I would like it to be Harry Maguire but I expect it to be Victor Lindelof.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred; Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford
Fred replaced Paul Pogba just after the hour on Monday and I think the Brazilian will get the start in this one. He’s looked good on the ball in the substitute appearances he’s made following the restart so Ole shouldn’t be hesitant to give him a start. Scott McTominay has been reliable in front of the back four this season so starting him allows for Nemanja Matic to get a rest. Mason Greenwood picked up an ankle injury after looking tired beforehand. Don’t expect the teenager to start this one. Instead I think Daniel James will be selected over Jesse Lingard. Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes both have the energy to start this one and Sunday’s game.
Striker: Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo has been our FA Cup striker so far but I think he’ll come into the starting lineup for the Premier League beforehand. Resting Anthony Martial then allows for the boss to pick the Frenchman as the starting striker or left winger on Sunday, depending on Marcus Rashford’s fitness.
Here’s the lineup I like: