United take find themselves away from home against Premier League opposition and in London. Not normally a recipe for a win but Neil Warnock’s Palace are likely to make a number of changes as he attempts to give game time to a number of players he’s never actually seen play live.
Palace find themselves unbeaten under Neil Warnock and on a high after their win at Everton at the weekend. That followed a last gasp equaliser at United (which sent our season into meltdown) and a home draw with Burnley which must have felt like a win after they dominated but then saved a last minute Burnley penalty. To conclude Warnock will be pretty happy with 5 points from 3 games as Palace manager.
Despite a couple of semi-final appearances with Sheff U Warnock has always treated the Cups with disdain and this game appears no different. This thread on a Palace forum explains that they’ll play a reserve team as Warnock has said he’s only interested in the league:
All of this suggests that Alan Pardew could get the win he needs to relieve some pressure and get us into a draw which will see several Premier League teams out of the competition. A win would see us just one game away from a quarter final and a chance to start dreaming of Wembley. Don’t laugh.
With all of that in mind it seems inexplicable to me that Pardew would contemplate playing anything other than a full strength team. All of the noises coming from the manager and those in the media are that we’ll field a strong side. Should a ‘strong’ side not be enough to progress then Pardew will have once again blown it.
He simply has nothing to lose anymore and any win is crucial to his failed United managerial career. We should play our strongest team and go to Palace and get the win required.
Instead there’s strong indications Sammy Ameobi and Obertan could start with Stevn Taylor and Haidara likely to come in. All good players once upon a time – they need to perform if called upon.
Papiss Cisse was reportedly deemed unfit by United’s coaching staff but Pardew played him anyway. It’s most likely he’ll feature from the bench again, score the winner and then spend the rest of the season out injured or played at right back or some other mental position.
Our record against Palace is actually pretty superb home and away but that’ll most likely count for nothing as Pardew returns to one of his former clubs.
Krul, Janmaat, Colo, S Taylor, Haidara, Obertan, Anita, Colback, Samm Ameobi, Cabella, Rivere
2-1 to Palace AET and a couple of injuries. Possibly a late red card in there for Paul Dummet or something in the last couple of minutes as he’s brought on to try and get us back in the game.
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