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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, kick-off, channel

Team news and stats ahead of Man Utd vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Team news and stats ahead of Man Utd vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

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Team news

Donny van de Beek is in line to make his Manchester United debut in their Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace.

The Holland international - the only summer signing to date - will play a role on Saturday evening, when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba (coronavirus) and Luke Shaw (ankle) will be available.

Phil Jones (knee), Axel Tuanzebe (foot) and Sergio Romero (extended holiday) are unavailable for Solskjaer, who refused to confirm whether Dean Henderson or David de Gea would start in goal.

Jadon Sancho during the pre-season friendly between Borussia Dortmund and FK Austria Wien 4:24
Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth says Manchester United do not want to pay £108m outright for Jadon Sancho and have always had that view throughout the transfer window

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is set to keep faith with the team which earned an opening-day victory over Southampton.

The Eagles made 10 changes for the midweek Carabao Cup clash at Bournemouth, with only Jeffrey Schlupp starting from the weekend win, as they looked to avoid any more injuries.

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Palace remain without Nathan Ferguson (knee), Gary Cahill, James Tomkins (both hamstring) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder), but Mamadou Sakho, Jairo Riedewald, Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham have returned to fitness although are not deemed match-fit.

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the club are interested in signing Brentford attacking midfielder Said Benrahma
How to follow

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm on Saturday; kick-off at 5.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

With two years left on his contract, no other club is likely to match his wages 3:10
Sky Sports News reporters Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol explain why Manchester United never began 'credible negotiations' to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
Watch the Premier League live on Sky Sports

One hundred and forty-six Premier League games will be shown live on Sky Sports in the 2020/21 season, with an additional six matches added in September.

The Premier League has further increased the number of televised games this season from 200 to 231, with over half of the extra fixtures set to be shown live on Sky Sports.

Overall, Sky Sports will be showing 146 Premier League matches live throughout the 2020/21 season, continuing to bring you all the latest twists, turns and shocks at the home of the Premier League.

There will also be two additional midweek programmes - one will be played across the weeks commencing January 11 and 18 and the second will be in the week commencing May 10. All of these games will be broadcast live.

You can also follow the action with our dedicated live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app, and watch free match highlights from every game shortly after full-time on our digital platforms and YouTube channel.

Nathaniel Clyne is a free agent after leaving Liverpool earlier this summer 0:39
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson reveals former Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne will train with the club and could be offered a deal
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  • Manchester United have only lost one of their 22 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W17 D4). However, this defeat came in this exact fixture last season after Patrick van Aanholt became the first (and to date, only) visiting player to score a 90th-minute winner away to Man Utd in the Premier League.
  • Crystal Palace have never previously won back-to-back league trips to Manchester United; only six sides have won away at Old Trafford in consecutive Premier League seasons - Man City (three in a row on two occasions), Bolton, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham and West Brom.
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against the two Manchester sides (W2 D2) - the last side to go five such games unbeaten in the competition were Chelsea between May 2013-October 2014 (W2 D3).
  • Manchester United have won their opening Premier League fixture more often than any other side in the competition (19), though this is the first time their season opener has not taken place on the opening weekend.
  • Crystal Palace have never started a top-flight campaign with two consecutive victories before, last doing so in any division in the 2006-07 Championship.
  • After a run of three home league defeats in five games between April-August 2019 (W1 D1), Manchester United have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League games at Old Trafford (W9 D7).
  • Manchester United haven't lost a Premier League game kicking off at 5.30pm since December 2015 (1-2 vs Bournemouth), winning 13 and drawing five of their 18 such games since then.
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