Back young guns to fire at Old Trafford

United have dominated the head-to-heads with 26 wins

Manchester United are set to take on Crystal Palace in this Carling Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. The two sides have not met since the 04/05 Premier League season when the Eagles were relegated. That season saw a 5-2 victory by United at Old Trafford and a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he will be starting with a very different line-up than the team he put out in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle at the weekend. He has implied that many of his youngsters will be given the chance to show what they can do. So, look out for Ezekiel Fryers, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and Ben Amos who could all make it into the starting XI. Chris Smalling and Darron Gibson are now back in contention and may also feature. Ferguson will be without Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck, however, as both remain sidelined with injuries.

Dougie Freedman welcomes back influential midfielder Darren Ambrose but he will be without Dekel Keinan as he is cup tied after representing Cardiff in previous rounds. Loanee Chris Martin should be available for selection but Jonathan Williams is out with a broken leg and Lee Hills and Alex Marrow are also unavailable.

The two sides have met 41 times in their history and not surprisingly United have dominated the head-to-heads with 26 wins, nine draws and Palace only coming out on top just six times. In the League Cup this will be their sixth meeting and the Eagles have not won any of the five previous encounters.

Although Palace have been performing well so far this season, they have failed to win or even score in their last five matches. United meanwhile, have lost only once all season and although they haven't been firing on all cylinders lately, they have still managed churned out required results.

Expect Palace to go into this match with an optimistic attitude and give it everything they've got. However, I don’t see that being enough to see off United. Sir Alex will be looking for a good win after a disappointing draw at the weekend and the young team that he puts out will be keen to impress.

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Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 30/11/2011 - 09:24 AM
Filed in:- Man Utd Betting News, Manchester United


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