Manchester United received a boost in their top-4 finish this season after Manchester City’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle last night. Red Devils can now cut the gap on their neighbors to 2 points if they beat Crystal Palace later tonight.
Both teams have an FA Cup semi-final game to worry about this weekend thus there will be question marks over their team selections and intent for the game at Old Trafford. Palace may take it easier tonight given how they are all but guaranteed to avoid relegation this season.
Ahead of the kick-off, we take a look at three key questions which ought to be answered when Manchester United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Team selection from Van Gaal and Pardrew
FA Cup semi-final clash will be on their minds when they pick tonight’s squads. Pre-match buzz suggests that Marcus Rashford, Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Emanuel Adebayor are few names who could be benched given weekend’s affairs on the mind.
League game would be crucial to Manchester United’s ambitions as they are chasing Champions League football unlike Palace, who have nothing left to play this season after securing their top-flight status last weekend.
Will Zaha haunt Manchester United?
One player who will be keen to play tonight is Wilfried Zaha. Winger’s £10million move did not work out after disagreements with David Moyes. While United’s wing woes have continued this season, Zaha has established himself as a deadly player for The Eagles.
Zaha will be determined to prove Manchester United wrong for not being patient with him and selling him without being given a proper chance to shine for the Red Devils.
Which team will have momentum ahead of FA Cup semis?
Tonight’s game will be a means to give players match time ahead of weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals. While there may be tweaks in team selection, building momentum will be key for the two teams as well.
A win tonight will put them in good spirit while a poor result will impact the morale for both the teams going in to the biggest game of their season in 3-days’ time.
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