Preview: Crystal Palace v Man Utd

Manchester United faces Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and the match will be shown at 3:15 pm in the US on NBCSN. MUTV subscribers can follow exclusive build-up in the Match Day Live show from 19:10 BST. Followed by live commentary of the game itself. The referee will be Graham Scott. The Premier League match will be shown in the UK on BT Sport 1, and will kick-off set for 20:15 BST.

Luke Shaw limped off in United’s last Premier League game against Southampton that ended in a 2-2 draw on Monday. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the left-back’s health is being monitored.

“Luke has a swollen ankle, so hopefully I’ll give him as much time as possible to recover. It was a twist on his ankle,”Ole told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

Then there is Brandon Williams who also left the game early due to a nasty-looking clash of heads with Saint’s Kyle Walker-Peters. Ole added that the pair haven’t trained since the game, but that they would be given a chance to prove their fitness before Thursday’s trip to south London.

“Brandon’s eye, he cut up his eye there, so I don’t really know. We’ve not trained this morning, none of them trained yesterday, so they were both swollen and I’ll give them as much time as possible to get ready.”

Diogo Dalot, who hasn’t started in the league since October’s defeat to Newcastle, could fill in on the left-hand side of defence if Shaw and Williams are out, having featured in that role on a couple of occasions last season.

Youngster Ethan Laird may also be an option – like Dalot, he is a right-back and has played in that position in each of his two first-team appearances to date, but could fill in on the left if needed.

Axel Tuanzebe, who played at left-back against Arsenal earlier in the season, hasn’t featured since the restart and is unlikely to play until September due to injury. Centre-back Phil Jones also remains on the sidelines.

Ole added that he may look to freshen up his team further, although any selection decision would be based upon the Palace game and not looking ahead to the Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Sunday.

“The team selection for Thursday is based on Thursday, not on Sunday. Sunday is irrelevant, it doesn’t come into my head at all. It’s just Thursday, so we’ll see.

“The injury situation, there was a couple of doubts before the Southampton one, but they all reported fit on the day. And hopefully we can give them time now and not having to leave players out of injury, but as you say, there might be one or two fresh legs coming in.”


Christian Benteke is suspended following his red card at the end of Palace’s defeat to his former side Aston Villa, which could mean that Jordan Ayew – the Eagles’ top scorer this season, with nine league goals – reverts to centre-forward.

Gary Cahill pulled his hamstring against his ex-employers Chelsea recently and, with James Tomkins also sidelined, Roy Hodgson may keep faith with Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho at the heart of his defence. Jeffrey Schlupp, who once had a spell with our Reserves, has also been absent.


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