Manchester United v Crystal Palace kicks off in Old Trafford at 12:45, we preview the match along with the starting team news.
Manchester United: De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Van Persie. SUBS Amos, Evans, Chicharito, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini, Januzaj
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Campana, Digkacoi, Puncheon, Jedinak, Gayle, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney,
Manchester United start us off against Crystal Palace in the early kick off. This is the first match of five in 14 days for United.
Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United against Crystal Palace but Fellaini does not make his first appearance in a red shirt .
Palace have had a tough week marked by Owen Garvan asserting he would outlast the manager after being left out of the 25 man squad for the season.
New signing Florian Marange has also been left out of the squad having only just joining the club. Perhaps Holloway is taking his wacky persona a little too much to heart. Expect United to lay down a marker after suffering defeat at Liverpool last week.
- Crystal Palace have never beaten Manchester United in eight Premier League meetings, losing six and drawing twice.
- The Eagles have not won a league match at Old Trafford since a 2-1 victory in December 1989.
- But they did emerge winners from their last fixture at Old Trafford, prevailing 2-1 after extra time in the League Cup fifth round in November 2011.
- United have won 529 Premier League matches, compared to Crystal Palace’s sum total of 38.
- Four points from a possible nine is Manchester United’s lowest points total after three games since 2008-09 (also four points).
- This is the first time Manchester United have failed to score in back-to-back Premier League games since 2007 (between 9 May and 12 August 2007 they failed to score in three on the spin).
- David Moyes has matched Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of one win, one draw and one defeat from his opening three league matches.
- Palace have three points from three games this season. In their last top-flight season (2004-05), they picked up only one from their opening six matches.
- In their last season in the Premier League (2004-05), Crystal Palace scored 11 penalties – a joint-record in the competition. Palace also scored more penalties than any other side in the top four divisions last season (13 – including the playoffs).
- In their last match (against Sunderland), 12 of Palace’s 18 shots came from outside the box.
- Danny Gabbidon scored his first Premier League goal against Sunderland. He has now scored in all four English league divisions.
- The Eagles have taken the lead in each of the last two fixtures (they also led against Stoke before losing).
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