By James Jackson @ 2020-09-16 11:53:40
The Premier League is already in full swing but something didn’t feel right with one of the biggest clubs in the world out of action on the opening week of the season. Finally, Man Utd start their campaign against one of the most unpredictable sides in the league, Crystal Palace on Saturday 19th September 17:30 BST at Old Trafford.
United’s first fixture was delayed due to their involvement in last season’s Europa League semi-final. This season’s focus will be on closing the gap between themselves, Man City and Liverpool. Optimists will see them being real title contenders this season and certainly possible with an injury-free season.
New signing Donny van de Beek is expected to make his Premier League debut this weekend. An exciting addition to enhance a substantial midfield. Combined with the injection of creativity and enthusiasm provided by Bruno Fernandes last season, United’s midfield has gone from strength to strength and is now one of their strongest areas. We haven’t even mentioned their rising star, Mason Greenwood, who announced himself last season as a true talent.
David de Gea experienced some criticism towards the end of last season, making a string of uncharacteristic errors. He’ll be keen to prove the point that he’s still the same world class keeper we all know and we’re confident he can keep a clean sheet.
Crystal Palace finished 14th last season and will be looking to make significant progress this campaign. Something manager Roy Hodgson is well placed to do. Palace got off to a great start last week, beating Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park. A fabulous performance from star man Wilfried Zaha caused all sorts of problems for the Saints defence. Zaha will be looking to repeat his performance with a point to prove against his former club.
Palace always look dangerous on the attack with the likes of Zaha and Townsend causing defenders nightmares. However, they’ll first need to gain enough possession from the midfield battles, something that’s going to be tough against United. Another key Palace player who enjoyed a great start to the season was goalkeeper Guaita. Arguably an equal match winner having pulled off multiple top-class saves right until the last remaining minutes of the game.
The last time these two teams met at Old Trafford in the Premier League saw Palace come out on top with a 2-1 win. Previous to this, United have dominated this fixture. We expect an exciting clash with plenty of attacking players looking to leave their mark on the game. It will be a battle of the midfield which dictates the outcome.
We’re predicting a Man Utd win as clear favourites and a clean sheet to boost.