Premier League Gameweek 15
Dec 5, 2021 KO: 14:00

Man Utd - Crystal Palace

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Craig Pawson
Fred 77'  

Match preview

Rangnick era begins - How Man Utd could line up against Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick will be in the Old Trafford dugout for the first time as Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace

New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick will take charge of the Red Devils for the first time this weekend, with Crystal Palace his first opponents in the Premier League.

Following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rangnick was selected as the new manager of Man Utd on an interim basis until the end of the current campaign.

He was confirmed in the role ahead of the Arsenal game on Thursday, but visa issues meant that he was not allowed to actually take charge of Man Utd from the dugout.

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Man Utd won that game 3-2 in the last game under the short managerial spell of caretaker boss Michael Carrick.

Rangnick will be without the services of Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane for this one, while Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw are also major doubts.

Following the positive result against Arsenal, Rangnick may actually opt to field the same XI that won against the Gunners.

David de Gea will start in goal behind a back four of Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Alex Telles.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was injured for the Arsenal game and Dalot came in and did well, so may keep his place.

Rangnick may opt for a 4-3-3 instead of a 4-2-3-1 which means Bruno Fernandes playing slightly deeper in midfield alongside Fred and Scott McTominay.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo will likely retain their places up top.

The Portuguese superstar emerged as the match winner against Arsenal, scoring a double on the night.

Predicted Man Utd XI v Crystal Palace

Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Crystal Palace
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
5
Draws
4
7
Losses
7
8
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
34
26
Goals Per Game
1.70
1.30
More > 2.5 Goals
12
11
More > 3 Goals
8
7
Scored First in a Match
10
8
Scored Both Halves
7
3
Won More > 1 Goal
4
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
32
31
Did Not Score
4
6
Both Teams Scored
13
10
Kept Clean Sheet
3
5
Won Without Conceding
3
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
497
Possession
-
39
Passes
-
309
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
12
Shots on Target
5.30
4.10
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.10
Crosses
-
17
Offsides
2.47
1.94
Penalties
0.05
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.15
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
19
Interceptions
-
9.00
Own Goals
0.10
0.00
Aerials Won
-
18
Total Shots Conceded
14
12
Shots on Target Conceded
5.11
4.32
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.13
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.55
12
Yellow Cards
1.45
1.45
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

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Suspended

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