United & Palace game to have consequences at both ends of the table

We think they will come to the party and really set up a mouth-watering clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.

In front of them, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba provided another line for Chelsea to try and breach, with the Chile global often seen coming back to harry N'Golo Kante in the Chelsea engine room.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says they'll need their fans tonight against Manchester United. Still, he made attacking moves and brought on the right players to raise the level of United's performance and get the win.

A win for the Red Devils would ensure they remain second in the table behind runaway league leaders Manchester City. On the other hand, a second place finish would be Manchester United's best finish since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gives instructions to his players during the match against Crystal Palace.

Recent form for Manchester United has been patchy at best - a scrappy home win over Chelsea joined comfortable enough wins over Huddersfield and Burnley. With arch-rivals Liverpool hot on their heels, the Red Devils can not afford to slip-up ahead of their meeting with Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring Reds at Old Trafford. But the players kept an fantastic attitude.

Alexis Sanchez's shot deflected off James Tomkins and ran to Lukaku, who worked himself into position to fire low past Hennessey.

Fortune acknowledged that United's local rivals Manchester City have been "outstanding" this season, but suggested that his former club could be capable of launching a title challenge next term. He played a role in both of United's goals against Chelsea.

He told Sky Sports ahead of a possible outing against Crystal Palace on Monday: "Coming here to play at this great club has been a dream for me since I was a kid, so yeah - I enjoy it every day".

Goalkeeper: David De Gea is certain to keep his place between the sticks as he's arguably United's most important player. I didn't come to Crystal Palace to get long-term contracts. The midfielder is fast and technical, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve. He draped a thin cloak over the problems that are still very much present, but that ultimately didn't inhibit United's quest for three points on Monday.

Matic nearly equalised with a thunderous strike that Benteke cleared off the line and United's pressure was rewarded in the 76th minute. "There's a bit more scrutiny on the players that have cost the big money". However, Mourinho cannot look over this opponent, as anything can happen in a match.

  • Stacy Allen