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Manchester United will have their third manager of the season in their dugout as Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first game with the club as they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United will have their third manager of the season in their dugout as Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first game with the club as they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils earned a 3-2 victory against Arsenal last time out while Patrick Vieira’s side slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Leeds.

Manchester United

It was a perfect send-off for the outgoing interim manager Michael Carrick who ended his 15 year stay with the club with a victory over Arsenal under the Old Trafford floodlights.

It was a bizarre beginning to the match, as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed the ball into an empty net while David De Gea was on the ground after receiving a knock following a corner.

Despite complaints from the United players, the goal stood Martin Atkinson did not blow the whistle to stop play following the Spaniard’s injury.

Though the home side fought back, scoring an equaliser just before half-time after Bruno Fernandes slotted away to bring his side level.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo who then scored his 800th professional goal – the most of any player in history – to put his side in front, though it was quickly cancelled out with an equaliser from Martin Odegaard.

Though 800 goals just wasn’t enough for Ronaldo, who made no mistake from the penalty spot after Odegaard brought down Jadon Sancho to give United’s number seven his 801st goal and three vital points.

A victory for the home side could see them climb to fifth on 24 points should results go their way this weekend, though West Ham’s superior goal-difference means the top four will need to wait for another game week at least.

Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira’s side have now lost back-to-back league games after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Leeds in their last fixture.

Having lost just one of their previous 11 games in the Premier League, it was Bielsa’s side who took all three points thanks to a last-minute penalty converted by Raphinha.

It was the third goal that Palace have conceded in injury time this season – costing them five vital points.

With only three points separating Palace in 11th place and Watford in 17th position, the pressure could be beginning to mount for the Eagles, though they face Everton and Southampton at Selhurst Park which could give Vieira’s side some breathing space.

Having already beaten Manchester City at the Etihad in their 0-2 victory, Palace could become the first London side to defeat both Manchester clubs since in a season since Arsenal in the 1990-91 campaign.

Team news

Ralf Rangnick will be without Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani who still are struggling with injuries.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka faces a late fitness test after missing the Arsenal game for an injury sustained against Chelsea, while Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw look set to miss out.

Paul Pogba continues his rehabilitation and will not return until next year.

As for Palace, they will be without the suspended Joel Ward, as well as James McArthur and Joachim Andersen who both have no set return date.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – kick off at 2pm (UK time) on Sunday 5th December 2021

Joel Tudor

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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