In the first game of Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as Manchester United interim manager, he comes up against Crystal Palace who is unbeaten in their last three visits to Old Trafford, winning on their last two visits.
Under caretaker manager Michael Carrick, United found their feet again, a draw against title challenger Chelsea and a first home league win since the 11th September in the last game against Arsenal has made the situation a little easier for Rangnick to take over from.
In his last managerial spells at RB Leipzig Rangnick has adopted a narrow formation, usually a 4-4-2 diamond or a 4-2-2-2, making it likely he will try and adopt a similar tactic to start off his career at United.
For Rangnick to play a narrow formation, he needs his full backs to provide width in attacking areas, making the impressive performances of Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot against Arsenal a very good showcase of what they could potentially do under him, with both Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka missing from the squad against Arsenal.
In the last three games Fred has been moved further up in the midfield, using his tenacious energy and defensive abilities to win the ball higher up the pitch, this has been very effective for United in recent matches, grabbing an assist and winning a penalty against Arsenal, and could be utilised even more with Rangnick wanting his midfielders to press high up the pitch.
Crystal Palace had a massive turnover of players in the summer transfer window with seven first teams players leaving on a free transfer , brining in six new players to replace them, whilst also bringing in Patrick Vieira to replace Roy Hodgson as manager.
Vieira has implemented a new style at Palace, trying to be more possession based and more emphasis on attacking, the results so far have been mixed, they’ve drawn half their games so far this season, but they currently sit 11th in the table which is good under the circumstances.
The standout player for Palace this season has been loanee Conor Gallagher, he is a very good box to box player who this season has added goals and assists to his game, grabbing 4 goals and 3 assists in the league this season, making him a player that United will need to try and control.
Palace have slipped in their last two matches though, losing 2-1 at home to Aston Villa under new manager Steven Gerrard and losing to a last minute penalty against Leeds United in their previous fixture.
Palace have had some good away results this season, drawing away to West Ham and Arsenal and beating Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad showing they can be a threat if United are not up to standard.
An area Crystal Palace are easily exposed are from set-pieces, out of the 20 goals they have conceded this season, 10 have come from corners or free-kicks, by far the worst in the league.
Man Utd have no new injury concerns from the game against Arsenal, Paul Pogba, Edison Cavani and Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw are all out injured, whilst Nemanja Matic, Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the Arsenal game due to niggling injuries are with the squad for this game.
Palace starting centre-back Joachim Andersen will be touch and go to whether he will be fit to face United after missing their last game against Leeds, whilst midfielder James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are out and full back Joel Ward is suspended.