Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday comes before a two week gap thanks to the last international break of the year.
After the disappointing loss against Manchester City, Louis van Gaal will want his side to go into the break on a high like they did after beating Everton 2-1 back in October.
While United walked away with nothing from the Etihad, he’d have been impressed with their response after Chris Smalling‘s inexcusable red card but will be forced to make some changes for the Crystal Palace game.
Michael Carrick could make his first start of the year after coming on as a substitute against City and with United’s current defensive crisis, Blind could drop back and give the midfield anchor role to Carrick.
Up front, James Wilson is surely in line to make his first start for United sooner rather than later after continuing his goalscoring exploits for the U21s yesterday.