There is no time for Manchester United to rest up after Monday’s draw at home to Southampton.

The pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to get another three points against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.

With the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea taking place on Sunday, United are expected to make changes in this one.

One of them could be enforced, rather than out of choice. Both Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams enter this fixture as injury doubts.

United have up to six options as emergency left-backs. The safest pick is likely to be Diogo Dalot.

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Formation switch

A switch to a 3-4-1-2 formation would fit United’s needs for this game, especially with left-back a concern.

Dalot is most likely to start here, although it is possible Aaron Wan-Bissaka does, with the Portuguese star featuring on the right.

Setting up strongly defensively should be enough to win United the game, considering Palace have lost their last five matches in a row.


Nemanja Matic needs a rest in midfield, and playing with three central defenders mitigates the impact of his absence.

In central midfield it will be two of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Fred. We believe McTominay provides a better balance alongside Pogba than Fred does.

A chance for Ighalo

It is time for Odion Ighalo to get his first Premier League start. Rotational reasons like this, is why he was bought.

The Nigerian striker could benefit from playing up front alongside an in-form Anthony Martial too.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood need to stay fresh for the semi-final and this is a good moment to give them a rest, and bring them off the bench if need be.

Out: Shaw, Matic, Greenwood, Rashford

In: Bailly, Dalot, McTominay, Ighalo

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