Manchester United meets Crystal Palace on Saturday, May 21st at the Wembley Stadium on what seems to be a difficult draw to predict. Few years ago this fixture would have been of no test for the Red Devils and would have seen them lifting the crown even before it started. Of late, those statures have seemed to disappear, especially during this calendar campaign. Crystal Palace would definitely try to seek out a victory this time as their Manger Alan Pardew seemed to have made that clear.
Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace Fa Cup IST Time
|Competition||FA Cup 2015–16|
|Date||21 May 2016 [Local and India]|
|Time||4:30 pm [GMT], 10:00 pm [IST]|
|Seating Capacity||90,000 spectators|
|First Team||Crystal Palace|
|Second Team||Man United|
|Telecast Channels||MUTV Online, ESPN Play, Euro Sport Deutschland etc.|
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“There’s no revenge. This is about this team getting to a cup final and winning it. We’re not going to drown ourselves in 1990. One or two of these players may never appear in a final again. This is a real chance for a winner’s medal. We want to win this game on our own merits.”
Man United Vs Crystal Palace FA Cup Preview
Manchester United may have well and all lost their shine in recent times but they are still a formidable account and like some of their performances in the Premier League, they can deliver if they put themselves up for it.
Louis van Gaal’s future in English football may well and truly depend on this fixture even though he himself doesn’t admit it. Van Gaal can however rely on the likes of his young talents Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial who have saved his neck more than once this season.
Even though Manchester United is heavy favorites on paper, their actual game has been so dull throughout the season that even their fans have admitted it at times. The United may well and truly be up for a shocker as Alan Pardew’s side sees Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham, the match-winner in the semi-final, both declared fit. Wilfried Zaha had also been a slight doubt with a minor muscle tear but is also expected to be available.
To see Van Gaal’s million dollar line-up fail against the likes of Crystal Palace who secured only the 15th position in the EPL although they had a strong start to the season, will be an utter disappointment. Alan Pardew is on course to sign a contract extension with Palace and a victory will truly help his stay.
They will look to hit the Manchester side at its weakest by taking advantages of set-pieces, an area United seems to be finding difficulty in both scoring and defending. The Palace side will also try and deny their opposition time on the ball and would try to keep the game at its maximum pace.
Both sides had their fair share of difficult games during the previous rounds but Palace was more impressive throughout, defeating high rank teams like the Spurs on their way to be what could become their first Major Silverware. Zaha has shown some outstanding performances during the course and he could deliver a possible upset for the United’s.
While, Marcus Rashford could be the potential heart-throbber from United and Crystal Palace will have to keep a close eye on this youngster as his technicality and instincts outgrow his age. Van Gaal will definitely need this as United fans are yet to see a Major Trophy since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.
Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Jedinak, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham.
De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.
So folks, don’t miss out on this encounter between two teams who have very different reasons for success at Wembley. Let’s see who gets to party at the Wembley on Saturday night.