On Thursday, Manchester United will be taking a trip to London to face Crystal Palace in an important match, that could determine if we go into the Champions League or not.
United is currently enjoying an 18 match unbeaten run, and is yet to taste defeat since March, but football isn’t as easily predictable as maths, and anything could go wrong.
We definitely will look to win the match, but it is important to have great focus, especially after seeing the hosts almost beat Chelsea a few days ago.
Popular pundit, Charlie Nicholas, has provided us with his prediction on the outcome of the match, as he often does, and we hope it really happens as he says.
The Sky Sports pundit said:
“It is normally tough to go to Selhurst Park, and it will be again here, despite the fact Crystal Palace have lost five on the bounce. Palace are a team that could easily lose their next three games and end the season having lost eight in a row. Palace do go through the motions, but Manchester United are coming to town and they will fancy it.
“Roy Hodgson needs a centre forward. They scored two against Chelsea, one of which was a spectacular goal from Wilfried Zaha, but they do not look like they have a lot in them. Is he going to get the money to go out and buy someone? You could sell Christian Benteke for decent money as someone in Europe would want him.
“Maybe there will be some significance to this match. Hodgson will be angry and wanting a response from his side. They could have been challenging for Europe but now they are in 14th and everyone is saying the same thing again. There is a lot for them to prove.
“United started brilliantly after the break, but they were all games they were expected to win as they pushed on for a Champions League place. They do need to get back to winning ways, and while Palace will cause them problems, with the emphasis on this being a must-win for United, I think they will get there.”
Charlie’s final prediction: Crystal Palace 1 vs 2 Manchester United