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League Cup

  • November 30, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 52624

League Cup Preview: Manchester United - Crystal Palace

League Cup Preview: Manchester United - Crystal Palace


Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Michael Keane and Larnell Cornell all set to be involved in League Cup quarterfinal against Dougie Freedman's Championship challengers



Rafael, Smalling, Fryers, Fabio
Valencia, Pogba, Fletcher, Park
Diouf, Macheda

Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Moxey
Ambrose, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Scannell
Zaha, Easter

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to ring the changes for this quarterfinal but it looks to be too soon for Danny Welbeck who is still suffering with a muscle injury and Michael Owen is definitely out with a thigh injury. Chris Smalling and Darron Gibson are back in contention for the Red Devils, with youngsters Paul Pogba and Ezekiel Fryers set to start.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman welcomes back influential midfielder Darren Ambrose but he will be without Dekel Keinan as he is cup tied after representing Cardiff in earlier rounds. Another loanee, striker Chris Martin, should be available but Jonathan Williams is still absent with a broken leg and Lee Hills and Alex Marrow are also out.

  • Sir Alex won his first major trophy at Manchester United when it beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the 1990 FA Cup final replay.
  • Palace beat fellow Championship side Southampton in the last round, goals from Darren Ambrose and Jermaine Easter sealed a 2-0 victory over the league leaders.
  • Manchester United cruised through to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory over League Two side Aldershot with goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia.
  • The last time the Eagles travelled to the north-west they were beaten 5-2 in 2004, and weeks before they had lost the last League Cup encounter between the sides 2-0 with Louis Saha and Kieran Richardson getting the goals.
  • Dougie Freedman has been in charge at Selhurst Park since the start of the year. The 37-year-old is another Glaswegian manager and he’ll face the leader of that group in Sir Alex.
  • The two sides have met 41 times in their history and not surprisingly United has dominated the head-to-head matches with 26 wins, there have been nine draws and the Eagles have just six victories. In the League Cup this will be their sixth meeting and Palace has not won any of the previous five encounters.
  • Palace is a strong side away from home this season, winning four out of nine away games but only averages one goal per game on its travels.
  • Although they have performed well in the Championship this season, the Eagles have not won since their victory over Southampton and have not scored a goal in their past five matches.
  • The average age of United’s sides so far in this competition has been 26 versus Leeds and just 24 against Aldershot. They won both games 3-0.
  • United will be without its top scorer in the competition, Michael Owen, but Palace will have theirs, Wilfried Zaha, available and keen to add to his three goals already.

Players to watch

P. Pogba

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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W. Zaha

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester United

Crystal Palace


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United
Crystal Palace FC CRY
Crystal Palace FC Crystal Palace

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester United FC MUN
3 - 0
Crystal Palace FC CRY
Manchester United FC MUN
2 - 0
Crystal Palace FC CRY
Manchester United FC MUN
4 - 0
Crystal Palace FC CRY