Four doubts at Crystal Palace, two stars ruled out

At 2-0 down, United had it all to do, but thanks to a turnaround in their performance and some good substitutions from Jose Mourinho, they managed to score three goals in the final 35 minutes: Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic all got on the scoresheet.

The Red Devils will progress to the quarter finals of the world famous competition if they beat Sevilla at Old Trafford on March the 13th after a goalless draw in the first leg. Mourinho guided United to Europa League success past year in his first season at the club. United are second with 59 points but are only two points ahead of Liverpool and six points ahead of fifth place Chelsea.

Fierce rivals and league leaders Manchester City now have a gap that's over 10 points to Jose Mourinho's men who are in second.

This weekend they will play the last game of the round against Manchester United at home against at Selhurst Park. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are close to returning to the squad, but the Monday clash will likely come too soon for them. I think that the best bet for this game in the under 2.5 goals.

He's been derided in the past for scoring meaningless goals, when the game is already won, but he's been scoring some important goals for the team of late.

For Crystal Palace, there are not many names to keep an eye on, but Wilfried Zaha is one that could pose a threat against Manchester United. Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young could be the two fullbacks in the four-man backline. Christian Benteke picked out Townsend on the edge of the box and the midfielder let fly.

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Is David De Gea the only world-class player at Manchester United? They created early chances with Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt both putting balls into the box; however neither fell quite right for their teammates.

With games against Chelsea and Liverpool to come, either side of a trip to fellow strugglers Huddersfield, Hodgson needs his side's injury crisis to be resolved, and quickly. The shot took a deflection off United defender Victor Lindeloff on the way through, but it was heading for the back of the net anyway.

"Every game is hard here", Lindelof added, with United looking to wrap up a runner-up finish this season.

Benteke cleared off the line from Matic, when it looked like United had got their equalizer.

"I am certain we can give a better account of ourselves than we did at Old Trafford".

  • Tabitha Byrd