Hodgson confirms, Benteke will be out for six weeks

Palace have never won a Premier League game against United in 16 previous meetings - suffering 13 defeats in the process.

The defence that is sent out will be tasked with keeping out a United frontline which has amassed 17 goals in 6 games so far this season, part of which is the ever-improving Marcus Rashford.

Jose Mourinho's side hasn't lost in its last twenty Premier League matches.

"He was going to play in defence but he's anxious that Phil Jones will make him look bad or that Eric Bailly would take him out by accident". The likes of Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku have turned up their play and filled the void well.

Having handed him his England debut against Australia last year, Hodgson is only too aware of the threat posed by the 19-year-old.

With that in mind, a comfortable home victory appears the most likely outcome as United look to move three points clear at the top of the table.

Mark Lawrenson will join us between 2 and 3 to preview the weekend's action and look back on a good week for the Premier League clubs in the Champions League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United versus Ajax Europa League final
GETTY Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the end of last season due to a serious knee injury

"He is humble, he wants to learn all the time, so I think ambition is there and I don't think he's going to be very impressed with your great words, because I think he knows when things are not going well when your words are strong in a negative way".

Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is on fire at the moment and with 10 goals in nine games in all competitions he has the flawless opponent in bottom-of-the-league Palace. Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic was effective last season, the new number nine looks to be a better fit for the system and the team look more risky as a result. Bruno Martins Indi failed to finish the game meaning Darren Fletcher ended up being the player terrorized by a weaponized Alvaro Morata and the Dutch defender remains a major doubt for the visit of Southampton. The 24-year-old is the complete package, as his pace and power make him incredibly hard to deal with for opposition defenders.

But perhaps the most curious thing about Crystal Palace is that numerous EPL's most embarrassing campaigns belong to teams that had been recently promoted and were woefully underprepared for the top level.

Roy Hodgson could hardly have been given a more testing start following his appointment as Crystal Palace manager just four games into the new season.

Crystal Palace: Hennessy; Ward, Dann, Sakho, van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye; Townsend, Sako, Schlupp; Ladapo.

In fact, one can say the Eagles have gone from bad to worse and are the only team in the league that is yet to score. But I have to admit that he's scoring really important goals and nearly every game. A relationship with midfielder Paul Pogba was blossoming prior to the Frenchman's injury. Ander Herrera will be pushing for a start in midfield. This leaves Palace without a recognised centre-forward and Bakary Sako could be the player chosen to deputise.

  • Julie Sanders