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Ole explains three changes to line-up at Palace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made three changes to his team to take on Crystal Palace in the wake of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Manchester United caretaker boss has stuck with his back five of David De Gea, Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw.

Ahead of the defence, Ole has been forced into three changes due to the injury problems suffered in the stalemate at the weekend.
Marcus Rashford arrives at Selhurst Park.
Marcus Rashford arrives at Selhurst Park - but he will only be among the substitutes.
One addition to the XI is Fred, who will partner Scott McTominay in the centre of the park against Palace.

It is the Brazilian’s first start since Boxing Day, although he has been an unused substitute in the past few weeks.

In the more offensive areas of the pitch, Paul Pogba will accompany Alexis Sanchez and possibly Diogo Dalot. It is a less natural position for the Portuguese youngster, who played in our last away game, the 3-0 victory against Fulham, so Young is another option to occupy the more advanced role.

As for Alexis, he was introduced on the left-hand side against Liverpool and caused their backline some problems.

Spearheading our attack is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian netted the equaliser against Palace in the 3-2 comeback victory last season and will be hoping to add another goal to his tally on Wednesday night.

Youngsters James Garner and Tahith Chong are on the bench, along with Rashford, who is still troubled by the ankle injury he sustained last time out. Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood also travelled as part of the squad.

James Garner
James Garner will be hoping to make his senior debut for the club.

“Rashy is available for maybe half an hour or so,” said Solskjaer. “Marcus injured his ankle and is not 100 per cent ready yet. But he’s ready if we need him. He’s a little bit sore but he’ll be okay if he has to [come on].

”I think Fred will be looking forward to it. He's been training hard, training well and never let his head down, so now is about time to unleash him and I think he'll be fine.

United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Dalot, Pogba, Sanchez; Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Rojo, Garner, Pereira, Chong, Rashford.

Palace: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha.

Subs: Hennessey, Dann, Riedewald, Kouyate, Meyer, Ayew, Benteke.

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