While Paul Pogba’s penalty controversy might still be ringing around Old Trafford, Manchester United have plenty of positives to take on board and Saturday’s hosts will look to continue their unbeaten run when Crystal Palace come to town this weekend.
Eventually having to settle for a point away at Wolves on Monday night, the mood in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s camp should still be on a high after their opening weekend 4-0 romp against Chelsea.
On the flip side, while Manchester United might have made a positive early impression, Crystal Palace still find themselves in the midst of a rut.
Suffering a 1-0 loss away at a returning Sheffield United, the Eagles are still in the hunt for their first victory and Saturday could prove to be another long afternoon for Roy Hodgson’s men.
Losing seven of their last eight matches against the Red Devils and remarkably never picking up a Premier League victory against Saturday’s hosts, it is also worth mentioning that United have scored three or more goals in three of the past four meetings. A similar result can be found at 1/1 with Ladbrokes.
United’s attacking resurge?
Although the Paul Pogba penalty saga was the major talking point from Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, United showed a glimpse of their former selves in an impressive first 45 minutes.
Opting to spend big over the summer and seeing the likes of Harry Maguire and former Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka make an immediate impact at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have their sights firmly set on securing a Champions League return this season.
Enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run after a stellar summer tour, they can be found at 1/1 with Betfair to secure a top-four finish come May.
With both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial appearing to form an eye-catching partnership, the duo has already bagged four goals between them in their opening two appearances.
Most impressive, along with finding the net for the 50th time at Molineux on Monday, Martial has now scored in back-to-back matches for the first time in 2019 and can be found at 13/10 with Bet365 to make it three in three this weekend.
Pressure growing on Hodgson?
While Manchester United might be able to take some positives from their start to the 2019/2020 campaign, the same cannot be said for a Crystal Palace side low on both form and confidence.
Despite Roy Hodgson calling for his side to make some much-needed improvements in the final third following on from their 0-0 draw against Everton on the opening weekend, the Eagles once again struggled away at Bramall Lane.
Suffering a 1-0 loss away at a returning Sheffield United and Hodgson feeling his side are in store for another sluggish start, the 72-year-old finds himself at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to be the first man axed in the managerial sacking race.
With the pressure now really starting to mount on the former England boss, club captain Luka Milivojevic was left highly critical of Palace’s display last weekend.
“We didn’t play good enough, we didn’t create enough. From keeper to striker we were not good enough and that decided it.”
Elsewhere, with their very public struggles in the final third, Palace could be tempted to hand Jordan Ayew a start to replace Christian Benteke who has scored just one Premier League goal since April 2018.