Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United: Starting XIs, Teams from 2015 EPL Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2015

United players walk back to the half way line, after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 26, 2015. Manchester United won the game 3-0. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

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Crystal Palace welcome Manchester United to Selhurst Park for one of the standout fixtures of the Premier League weekend, with both teams looking to cement their respective positions in the upper reaches of the table.

Alan Pardew’s men suffered a rare defeat away from home in the previous round against Leicester City but can still be content with a solid beginning to the season. Here’s the team named as the Eagles seek to secure a famous victory over their illustrious opponents, per the Palace Twitter feed:

Crystal Palace F.C. @CPFC

#CPFC XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Delaney (c), Ward; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Gayle. #CRYMUN https://t.co/GPoP412BxR

A draw in the Manchester derby was a decent result for Louis van Gaal and his team, but three points will be vital here if they’re to stay in touch with the league leaders. The United Twitter account relayed the XI named by Van Gaal for this one:

Manchester United @ManUtd

#mufc XI: De Gea, Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Mata, Martial, Rooney. https://t.co/6b4sw10tEd

While they often excel on the road, Selhurst Park’s vociferous atmosphere can make it a very tough place for visiting teams to play, and Pardew will be hoping Palace’s supporters will push the players on to a triumph.

United are canny operators away from home, though, and after winning 2-1 at this venue last season, will be confident of a similar outcome.