Manchester United have had a recent fine and consistent run of form ever since OGS took reins of the club from Jose Mourinho. The last encounter against lead leaders (Liverpool) ended with a barren draw, a result that left the club fifth with 52 games from 27 matches played, 3 points behind 4th placed Arsenal and 14 points behind Liverpool. In a rare incident in the football world, 3 major injuries occurred within the first half which then made the Red Red Devils change their game plane and fought bravely to tame an otherwise rampart Liverpool until full-time.
Reports confirm that there are 10 major injury concerns on senior first team players, at a time when OGS needs a full strength side to perform on the filed and bring in much needed results. The Red Devils are fighting on multiple frontiers: European Champions League, English Premier League and the domestic Cup competition (FA). All upcoming matches are of high stakes, and it is very desirable that OGS gets good results from all of these competitions to be able to get the full time Manager job at the end of the season.
Ahead, Manchester United face a tricky test when they travel away to Selhurst Park to clash with Crystal Palace. The Eagles won deservedly their last match away at the King Power Stadium, dismantling Leichester City 4-2. That result led to the dismissal of Claudio Puel, as the Foxes top management later appointed Brendan Rodgers to take over the managerial reins. Wan-Bissaka, Zaha, Batshuayi and Co. are in good form and are running high with confidence to get a good result, especially being at home. They sit at the 14th place with 30 points, and will fight to move clear off the dreaded relegation zone.
Ole Gunnar has tough decisions to make, taking into consideration that some of most his preferred players are out with injuries. He has been forced to reach out and call some of the best players in the U-23 to join the senior squad so as to strengthen key areas in the team and find much needed balance. The players who received the call are Tahith Chong, Angel Gomez and James Garner. How then will the Red Devils line up
Goalkeeper: David de Gea, seconded by Sergio Romero
Left Fullback: Luke Shaw
Right Fullback: Ashley Young, with Diogo Dalot as substitute.
Central Defence: Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof. Eric Bailley and Marcos Rojo will provide defensive back-up when called upon from the bench
The Midfield: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Frederico la Paula Santos (Fred). James Garner will wait on the bench for his debut, when called upon.
Forwards: Andreas Pereira on the right wing Romelu Lukaku as central striker, and Alexis Sanchez Sanchez on the left wing of attack. Dutch maverick Tahith Chong and Angel Gomez could start on the bench substitutes for strikers.
It will be interesting to see how OGS puts up his boys against the home side, considering there will be many changes to the team he had worked with to bring in the good results so far. The good thing is that they are solid at the back. If the strikers are able to express themselves and become lethal on the final ball, and the midfield marshaled by maestro Paul Pogba and young McTominay dominate and deliver the quality passes, it will be another 3 points affair. It is all different, unpredictable until the final whistle. We wait on the sides, cheering the lads on. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all play tonight, and none wants to lose points at such a crucial moment in the 2018/2019 campaign.