Crystal Palace v United: Eight unmissable stats
Manchester United’s recent run of good form has provided plenty of notable milestones for our players.
David De Gea made his 400thappearance for the club on Monday night, while Anthony Martial reached 50 Premier League goals for the Reds with his strike against Southampton.
There could be yet another landmark when we play Crystal Palace on Thursday night, this time for Bruno Fernandes.To find out what it is and to read our selection of pre-match stats, scroll down…
Bruno’s goals on the roadVideo
BRUNO TO JOIN EXALTED COMPANY?
Bruno Fernandes has scored five goals in his last four Premier League away games, with his brace at Brighton & Hove Albion sandwiched between efforts against Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa. If he nets at Selhurst Park, he’ll be the first United player to score in five straight away games in the competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2017, and the fourth to do so overall for the Reds, after Dutch strikers Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Robin van Persie.
United are unbeaten in our last 11 away league games against Crystal Palace (winning eight and drawing three), since a 0-3 loss in May 1991. More recently, the Reds have gone five Premier League away games unbeaten since losing to Liverpool at Anfield in January. We’ve won each of the last two, against Brighton and Aston Villa, by a 3-0 scoreline – we’d only recorded a three-goal winning margin in two of 52 away league games prior to that.
PALACE AT THE DOUBLE?
The Eagles's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in August, courtesy of goals from Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt, brought a run of 22 top-flight games without a win against United to an end. The south Londoners – who are 14th in the table, with 42 points – are now looking to complete their first-ever league double over the Reds.
THE UNBEATEN STREAK
After Monday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, United have now matched the 18-game unbeaten run achieved by Sir Alex Ferguson’s final title-winning side, in 2012/13. Should the Reds win or draw on Thursday, we’ll surpass that sequence, although there’s still some way to go to beat the 29-game stretch achieved by United between April and November 2010.
Ole's press conference before Palace v UnitedVideo
HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF?
The Reds are attempting to win three straight games on the road in the Premier League for the first time since February 2019. The opposition when we last achieved that feat? Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park!
ON THE SPOT
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been awarded 13 penalties in the Premier League this season, tying the record set by Palace in 2004/05, when Andy Johnson scored an unprecedented 11 times from the spot. Leicester City were also given 13 spot-kicks during their title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
A RETURN FOR AARON
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will play at Selhurst Park for the first time since his summer move from Palace to United, and the right-back currently leads the top-flight tackle charts, with 120, according to Premier League data. That’s exactly twice as many successful challenges as our next-highest player in the list, Fred!
LITTLE CHEER AT SELHURST
Palace have scored the fewest home goals of any Premier League side this season, with the Eagles managing just 14. Two have come since the restart, with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke finding the net in Palace’s unlucky 3-2 defeat to Chelsea last Wednesday.
Stats courtesy of Opta, BBC Sport and the Premier League.