While they produced what was perhaps their most comfortable performance of the season—winning 3-0 in their EFL Cup match in midweek—Manchester United will be hoping it’s a case of Deja Vue when they take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon.
In the 2023–24 season, Erik ten Hag will be aiming for only United’s fourth league victory. The Red Devils will need to catch up quickly, as Manchester City leads the table with nine points already.
To rotate his starting lineup before the match, the Dutchman might make a few changes.
Which players are playing for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace?
Ten Hag has given some positive news regarding the players returning to the squad, however Lisandro Martinez and Sergio Reguilon will not be playing for the Old Trafford team this afternoon owing to injuries.
The player who was left off the Tuesday team, Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen, will return tomorrow, the speaker stated. “We have seen some players back on Tuesday.” Now they’re back.
Hojlund Rasmus for Manchester United
He might be able to rearrange his midfield a little as a result, but Rasmus Hojlund will replace Anthony Martial as the starting line-leader against the Eagles.
When Manchester United plays Crystal Palace, will Rasmus Hojlund start?
Because of an injury, the £85k-per-week striker who was acquired from Atalanta during the summer transfer window has only made five appearances for the team. He has scored one, in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.
In order to give him more playing time and an opportunity to score a goal or two before facing more difficult assignments, Ten Hag has the possibility to unleash him from the opening whistle in today’s encounter.
In the Premier League, he has made two starts so far. Although he is yet to score, the young player averages 0.7 crucial passes and 1.3 shots per game. With more games, he should be able to increase these numbers.
He gave Ten Hag a peek of what the Danish striker is capable of if he stays consistent with his performance against Bayern, which was a tremendous display.
Despite the 4-3 loss, Hojlund’s performance, during his first start of the competition for the Red Devils, was productive on a personal level. He scored his first goal for the team, won all of his aerial duels, took two shots, and only gave up possession five times. Hojlund’s Sofascore rating was 7.2.
The young player, who scored five goals in his first two games for Denmark, was dubbed a “monster in the making” by talent scout Jacek Kulig. If given the chance to lead the United frontline, he will prove that the hoopla is justified.
It would be good for the Dutchman to unleash Hojlund in the clash against Palace, as it presents a great opportunity for United to pick up three more points.