Manchester United finally get their 2020/21 Premier League season underway a week after many teams began as they were given extra time off after their Europa League semi-final defeat in mid-August.
They have a tough fixture for starters as they face a Crystal Palace side who won their first game of the season against Southampton, and the Eagles managed to pull off a remarkable 2-1 victory against the Red Devils at Old Trafford last term.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want his side to start the season off with three points and show that they will be one of the sides looking to battle for the title. Here is the TT predicted XI, which sees United make two changes from the starting team that lost to Sevilla.
David De Gea has some match sharpness as he featured for Spain in the Nations League and he should start in between the sticks despite now battling Dean Henderson, who has returned from his loan stint at Sheffield United, for the number one spot.
One of the changes we could see will likely be in the back line, with Luke Shaw replacing Brandon Williams, who only picked up a 6.9 rating against Sevilla and lost possession nine times, per SofaScore.
The midfield could see the most exciting change for the Red Devils as they beat fellow Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the signature of 23-year-old Donny van de Beek. The midfielder from Ajax is their only signing of the current transfer window so far and he managed 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions last season.
He will most likely line up alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the middle of the park, and this trio could cause real havoc for the Palace defence – the Portugal maestro scored 12 goals and supplied eight assists for the Red Devils in 2019/20 despite only joining mid-season.
The front three will be an easy choice for the United manager as he will likely go with Anthony Martial at centre-forward, and have Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood either side of him. The trio had a great campaign between them last season as they managed to score 44 goals in 94 appearances combined (including 19 substitute appearances from Greenwood). With the three midfielders creating chances behind them, the attacking players could be in for another impressive haul in 2020/21.
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