Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shouts instructions to his team at Old Trafford during the Chelsea match

Early team news for United v Palace

Thursday 22 August 2019 07:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hopefully go into Manchester United's Premier League home game at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace on Saturday with no new injury concerns.

The boss opted to field a largely unchanged team for the 1-1 draw at Molineux on Monday night, with Daniel James for Andreas Pereira the only alteration from our opening victory against Chelsea.

With James coming in after his goalscoring debut versus the Blues, the starting XI for the match in the Black Country was the youngest of the season so far in the Premier League and Ole could call upon the same players again this weekend as we look to continue our encouraging start.

Alternatively Andreas, who entered the fray to replace Marcus Rashford in the closing stages of Monday’s match, could return to the line-up, while Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood, who have come on as substitutes in both of our games so far, will hope to make a case to start. Aaron Wan-Bissaka should face his old employers.

Our starting XI against Wolves, with the inclusion of Daniel James, had an average age of just 24 years and 173 days.

The manager could also call upon several Reds who are yet to feature so far in the 2019/20 campaign.

Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Axel Tuanzebe were unused substitutes against Wolves, while Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Fred and Diogo Dalot will be keen to force their way into Ole’s plans.

Alexis Sanchez, who arrived back late after spearheading Chile’s charge to the Copa America semi-finals, may also stake a claim for a place in our matchday squad, despite Solskjaer having to fend off speculation linking him with a move.

“Let’s see what happens in the coming few weeks. There are still a few weeks for international transfers to go through. At the moment, he’s our player,” said the manager in his post-match press conference at Wolves.

Long-term absentee Eric Bailly will still be missing on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast defender had surgery after being injured against Tottenham in pre-season and will be out until later in the year.

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Solskjaer's press conference

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The south Londoners will be looking to pick up their first win – and score their first goal – of the campaign on Saturday.

Palace drew 0-0 with Everton in their opening game of the season, before losing 1-0 at newly promoted Sheffield United last Sunday.

Star player Wilfried Zaha, who was linked with a move all the way through the summer window, started the game at Bramall Lane and is likely to play against his former club this weekend.

Ex-United winger Zaha made his first start of the season at Sheffield United on Sunday.

First-choice defensive duo Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins missed the end of last season after undergoing operations for knee and groin injuries respectively.

While Sakho played a part in Palace’s pre-season and could find himself in contention to feature this weekend, Tomkins was out for each of the club’s eight friendlies and is still some way short of match fitness.

Summer signing James McCarthy made his bow for the Eagles in Yorkshire, while fellow new boys Gary Cahill and Victor Camarasa – who scored against United for Cardiff City in 2018/19 – could appear for the first time on Saturday afternoon.

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