David Moyes might have been frustrated by his club’s inability to sign other targets, although he didn’t exactly inherit a bad squad from Sir Alex Ferguson after the Red Devils claimed last season’s Premier League title with ease.
Perhaps Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and the two north London clubs will offer a sterner challenge this term, with United having lost at Anfield a fortnight ago and looking to return to winning ways against one of the Premier League new boys.
United will be banker material this coming weekend for this BT Sport-televised encounter, with William Hill offering odds of 2/9 that a smile returns to Moyes’ face and it should be a comfortable win for the champions.
Robin van Persie suffered a frustrating afternoon against Liverpool and the Dutchman was also left drawing a blank after the goalless draw against Chelsea, although he might have more joy against Crystal Palace and can be backed at 7/2 to score the first goal of this game.
RVP is a 12/1 chance to score a hat-trick and demonstrate why he’s been the Premier League Top Goalscorer for the past two campaigns, while Rooney should be available for this match and can help to wreak havoc.
Fellaini is likely to be on the bench for this game, with Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick currently occupying the central midfield berths, although the Belgian will surely get some time on the pitch, especially if United are leading in the later stages.
Perhaps Ian Holloway will regard this as a good time to be heading to Old Trafford. The international break means that players won’t be returning to their respective clubs until Wednesday or Thursday, while Palace have three points on the board after their most recent match.
The Eagles are a 14/1 chance with BetVictor to inflict defeat on United and they have played pretty well in all three games to date, having lost at home to Tottenham thanks to a dodgy penalty, while the 2-1 reverse at Stoke saw them take the lead before they beat Sunderland 3-1.
A draw is priced at 6/1 and Holloway will hope that his defence can stand up and be counted, with the Palace manager having made a glut of signings ahead of the transfer deadline which include Marouane Chamakh, Barry Bannan, Cameron Jerome, Jimmy Kebe and Adrian Mariappa.
We might therefore see a few players making their debuts at Old Trafford, with Chamakh and Dwight Gayle set to operate as the little and large strike pairing who will hope to find gaps in a United defence who have conceded in two of their three matches.