Manchester United Team News vs Crystal Palace: Pogba, Greenwood

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Typically, the start of the new season brings optimism, especially so when your last completed season displayed a significant amount of forward progress. Not so much with Manchester United, as they have had a summer that’s seen lots of off-the-pitch issues, some struggles with COVID-19 and an abysmal transfer window.

“The difference in the way Chelsea have done their business compared to say my team Man United, there is no noise, there’s nothing going on,” said club legend and current pundit Rio Ferdinand said.

“All you’re seeing [from Chelsea] is bang! Deal. Little bit of talk, bang! Deal. Get it done. That is what’s frustrating for me and all the Man United fans.

“(Jadon) Sancho was talked about months ago. Still not done, it’s so frustrating.”

He’s right, all the talk, for months on end was about Jadon Sancho and that’s as far away from getting done as ever has been. United have signed one player, Donny van De Beek, but they have also missed out on Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano, Gareth Bale and soon Thiago Alcantara as well.

So who are the next targets? Well, this is what the transfer chatter looks like right now:

The moribund summer transfer window is overshadowing all other storylines as we approach the season kicking off against Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Let’s run through the team news and FYIs.

Manchester United Season Opener vs Crystal Palace 

Kickoff: Sat Sept. 19, 5:30 Old Trafford

MUFC Starting XI Prediction: go here

Odds: Palace win +850, United win -325, draw +440

Paul Pogba is out of quarantine and he’s recovered from his case of COVID-19, but will he be match fit? He only returned to training this Monday. Ditto for Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Eric Bailly.

The only confirmed absentee is Axel Tuanzebe, who continues rehabbing from long term injury.

Mason Greenwood, who has had a dreadful, but self-inflicted offseason, has been training alone since he returned home from England national team duty. Having violated quarantine protocols while in Iceland, he’s had to isolate for a period of time.

For Crystal Palace, they will be without the services of defensive quartet Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson. However, Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke, and Connor Wickham are all back in training with Jairo Riedewald set to return soon.

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Prediction: Manchester United 2, Crystal Palace 0

Despite the long list of potential absentees, United should win this one easily, as they dominate this fixture. Besides, the Eagles of plenty of problems of their own.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Do not be over confident Man Utd cos it can spell
    danger early in the season .When youre too confident you tend to be complacent and thats where problem will start.Just take it seriously as any other game and the first 3 points is the most important to give confident and a morale boaster for the team.GGMU.

  2. Did palace not get a draw last season have man united got enough up front to get pass a stubborn palace defence and as usual easy united win come on the palace do the cocky sods

  3. Go on united, score a goal! I like talking about football especially when no one is listening. Transfers like Sancho is really exciting can’t believe e Aston Villa have been sooo much better in the transfer market, Woodward out COs he is shit. We need 7 new players to catch Liverpool although Liverpool are gonna lose it this year cos they

  4. The problem is man u those not want improve the team I think that is the reason they don’t make more transfer. especially in the defence, left wing, and striking position.

  5. Man u need to add more 4 playes

  6. Man Utd Needs To Do Fast Signin Before The Windows Closed, If Sancho Is Not Coming Forget About Him, He Is Not The Only Player In The World Go Round And Find Another Players, But To Be Realistic The Coach Is The Major Problems For The Club, Because You Are The Team Manager And You Know The Problems In Certain Wings You Need To Voice Out All The Issue To The Board But His Just Sitting Down Their Quiet Not Able To Talk, I Dont Want My Darling Team Man Utd To Die, And If You Dont Able To Take As A Coach You Are Going To Sack Soon I Thank You All.

  7. Adebayo olanrewaju says

    I think is gonna be a tough victory for united cos i known they are going to make it.and about the transfer window.am really disappointed.

  8. Sunny Edache says

    Man utd guys should go out there and give us victory, by 4-0,all de best MSN u

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