Manchester United may have failed to pick up all 3 points at Molineux on Monday, but there aren’t too many complaints coming from the red half of Manchester right now. For the first time in years, The Red Devils seem to be playing with the attacking verve that is expected of them, and it’s paid dividends so far.
They hammered Chelsea 4-0 in their opening game of the season, and while it was a rather flattering scoreline it did show just how lethal they can be on the counter attack. They had less success against the organised Wolves attack, but the first half showed a lot of promise and they were only denied a win by a stunning Ruben Neves goal and a missed penalty from Paul Pogba.
At the moment, the summer sale of Romelu Lukaku looks to have been an inspired decision too. It’s left Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial available to switch things up at the spearhead of their attack, and that movement has helped the duo net 4 goals between them in just 3 games. Martial has tended to stick to the number 9 role though, and has been rewarded with a goal in both games so far.
The Frenchman is undeniably thriving in this position, netting twice in preseason in the lone striker role and scoring in both competitive games so far. Backing him to get on the scoresheet again here looks a good choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Of course, Saturday will see Aaron Wan-Bissaka face off against his former teammates, and for the travelling fans it will be a painful reminder of their failures in the summer transfer market. Despite pocketing a cool £50m from Wan-Bissaka’s sale, they reinvested just £7m of that into new players.
Their biggest purchase was the uninspiring signing of James McCarthy for just shy of £3m, and the only silver lining of the transfer window was them holding on to Wilfried Zaha.
Things are not looking great at Selhurst Park. The Eagles lost to Sheffield United last weekend to make it 1 point and zero goals from their opening 2 matches, and their record against Manchester United doesn’t bode well for Saturday’s game.
Palace haven’t won any of their last 22 league games against Manchester United, losing 18 of those. They have lost 11 of their last 12 league trips to Old Trafford too, failing to score in 11 of them. In fact, they have never beaten The Red Devils in the Premier League, so a home win looks the order of the day here.
Despite Manchester United’s torrid defensive record last season, we’re also expecting the hosts to keep a clean sheet. The introduction of Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka have completely transformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back line, and despite their draw on Monday they only allowed Wolves to generate 0.31 xG.
This new look defence and Crystal Palace’s failure to score so far makes a Manchester United Win to Nil bet look fantastic value, so we’re backing that along with a comfortable 2-0 correct score prediction.