Apparently, Manchester United are insisting on making the race for a Champions League spot next season as interesting as they can.
After missing a golden opportunity to move into third place in the table after United drew against Southhampton earlier this week, United now head to Crystal Palace in an attempt to gain the coveted three points.
Late in the match, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams suffered injuries that took them out of the match but according to injury reports, both player’s injuries were considered minor and are available for selection on Thursday.
At times Ole’s side looked tired, which is understandable for the number of matches they have faced recently, so there is a possibility of a bit of a squad shakeup to give players some rest.
Williams would be more likely to be given the nod should he be declared fit, although Diogo Dalot is an option for Solskjaer if both Williams and Shaw are unable to recover in time for the trip to the capital.
Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have formed an effective partnership but Pogba looked extremely tired in the match and should be rested, meaning Fred and Scott McTominay may be given the chance start.
Mason Greenwood powered through and lasted 84 minutes of the encounter at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer could call up Daniel James in order to avoid taking any unnecessary risks over Greenwood’s fitness.
Bruno Fernandes added another assist to his tally against the Saints and should start again on Thursday, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will both be looking to score in back-to-back matches when United lock horns with an out-of-sorts Palace side.
As for Crystal Palace, they will have to make do without Christian Benteke following the striker’s red card in the defeat to Villa, meaning Jordan Ayew is likely to be moved to a central role.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Sakho, Dann, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic; Townsend, McCarthy, Kouyate, Zaha; Ayew
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial