Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – The starting XI

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea : The Spaniard has firmly established himself as David Moyes’ preferred goalkeeper.

Chris Smalling : An injury to Phil Jones and the continued absence of Rafael suggests Smalling will start at right-back against Crystal Palace.

Rio Ferdinand : Lack of international duty would point to Ferdinand starting this game at centre-back.

Nemanja Vidic : United’s captain should be fresh after avoiding the strains of some of the others on international duty.

Patrice Evra : Evra reportedly made a big impact on France’s performance during the week with an inspiring half time chat despite not playing. He continues to show himself as an important first-team player for both club and country.

Nani : A new contract is one of a few hints from David Moyes that he has taken a liking to Nani, something that suggests a possible start on Saturday lunchtime.

Michael Carrick : England’s loss is United’s gain as Carrick didn’t feature for the Three Lions last week therefore hopefully meaning greater freshness for this game against Crystal Palace.

palace-homeMarouane Fellaini : Moyes’ love for Fellaini suggests a debut for the big Belgian ahead of Tom Cleverley and Anderson in central midfield.

Ryan Giggs : Moyes’ preference of experience, combined with Giggs not having to go on international duty, hints at a start for the Welsh wizard against Palace.

Danny Welbeck : With Wayne Rooney not fully recovered, Danny Welbeck should continue to get his chance up front.

Robin van Persie : Van Persie can be expected to lead the line on Saturday lunchtime as he looks to break United’s two game scoring drought.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Welbeck is set to start just behind van Persie on Saturday, probably interchanging with Nani and Giggs. Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez are likely to have to start on the bench due to international duties with their respective nations.

Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones may also be in contention for the matchday squad as they recover from injuries, whilst Wilfried Zaha will be looking for some minutes against his former club.

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