The Reds should end their winless run this weekend at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are bidding to end their three-game winless streak by defeating Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.
The Red Devils waved goodbye to their title ambitions many weeks ago, however they can certainly salvage something from their dreadful campaign, starting this weekend with a victory against the Eagles.
A defeat by arch-rivals Manchester City last Sunday left United some thirteen points behind league leaders Chelsea and the only realistic achievable target remains a Champions League position.
It must be said that Louis van Gaal’s summer signings have been inconsistent to say the least, however with a few key players making a welcome return this weekend, both fans and management alike will be cautiously optimistic that results can improve.
The United defence has been the main culprit for their downfall of late, the rearguard conceding in every one of the last six outings with fourteen goals in total. The back line will struggle even more in this match with the absence of Marcos Rojo due to injury and Chris Smalling thanks to a suspension.
Crystal Palace will be in their sights this weekend, the Eagles still seeking their first victory for two months and sitting close to the drop zone in 17th position.
The feel-good factor achieved under new manager Neil Warnock has quickly evaporated and matters certainly weren’t helped by the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland last weekend, this result being their third successive defeat.
Robin Van Persie will operate alongside Wayne Rooney up front, however Falcao is unlikely to feature and Van Gaal will select a very similar midfield to that which faced Manchester City last weekend.
The United attack will be confident of finding a way past a Palace defence which has leaked at least twice in all but two of the last thirteen top flight matches, therefore a Manchester United win with both teams scoring looks great value at 15/8.
Following his injury, RVP is returning to the goal trail and following his equaliser late in the day against Chelsea, we feel he is a decent bet to break the deadlock at 7/2 with William Hill.
Our betting tips
Manchester United win and both teams scoring – Coral 15/8
First Goalscorer, Robin van Persie – William Hill 7/2