Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Preview, Team News, Lineups
- Updated: May 20, 2016
The FA Cup final is here as Manchester United will face Crystal Palace this Saturday at Wembley Stadium. The Red Devils will try to end their disappointing season on a positive way, meanwhile Alan Pardew looking for his vengeance for the 1990 FA Cup final, where he was a Crystal Palace player.
Crystal Palace are joining the FA Cup finals as underdogs but so far they’ve archeived some quite impressive results on this competition. They’ve beaten Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, Reading and Watford to reach the FA Cup final.
Meanwhile a complete different story on Premier League, as The Eagles have finished the campaign on 15th place. Alan Pardew side have secured another Premier League season, but quite unimpressive second half of the season as they won only 2 games out of 18.
On the other side Louis Van Gaal is trying to save his season with the Red Devils, after the fans asking for his departure. Manchester United failed to achieve Top4 which would secure them Champions League next season, after losing the race with their rivals Manchester City only on goal difference.
Meanwhile on FA Cup, Louis Van Gaal has a better record. The Red Devils have knocked out West Ham on quarter finals and Everton on semifinals – the last clash with a last-minute goal from Anthony Martial.
Good news for Louis Van Gaal, since he himself stated that Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are fit and they could feature on the FA Cup final from the first minute. Fellaini also has served his 3 match ban he received after the game against Leicester City.
The dutch manager have almost a complete squad, as only Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are currently sidelined. Anyway ,despite all the returns Louis Van Gaal could trust to the same lineup he used against Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Good news for Alan Pardew as Bacary Sako has returned , but he’s not fully happy as Ledley will not be available this Saturday.
Some doubts on the front line for the Crystal Palace manager, with both Gayle and Wickham on competition for a place, but the last one more favourite which scored a goal on the semifinal against Watford. The FA Cup final will be the final game for Adebayor too, so probably on the second half there will be a little space for him too.
Crystal Palace : Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon; Bolasie, Wickham, Zaha
Manchester United : De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Rooney; Martial, Mata, Lingard; Rashford