Man United were held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League meaning Ole’s men are now 12 points behind league leaders Man City(at the time of writing this).
Manchester United have seen their form dip in the past few weeks and in their previous five matches, the Red Devils have managed to win just two games, drawing the other three.
And many feel that draw vs Chelsea could have dented their confidence and this will help Crystal Palace immensely, the club that Man United face in midweek.
Palace are currently 13th on the league table but if they are able to replicate Chelsea’s tactics then United will go back home frustrated once again.
While this remains a possibility but according to Michael Owen, the Eagles will be looking to play on the front foot at home and this, in turn, will help Man United play their natural game.
He wrote for BetVictor: “Sunday’s goal-less draw at Stamford Bridge means that it’s now 20 games unbeaten on the road for Manchester United.
“They couldn’t get their usual counter-attacking game flowing in that match, but that was down to Chelsea’s tactics more than anything else.
“I think that could be slightly different here. On home soil, Palace are likely to play on the front foot. If that happens, I think United will once again get their reward on the counter. With that in mind, I reckon the away side will take the points, albeit by a narrow margin.”
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Chelsea’s tactics totally nullified United’s attacking prowess on Sunday but we doubt if Crystal Palace will plan in that same fashion.
Roy Hodgson’ side are 10 points clear from the drop zone but the last thing the manager would want is to keep dropping points and then scrap from wins towards the end of the season.
Palace have won just two of their last five league games and since this is their home game and they have very little to lose, the Eagles might look to take the initiative on Wednesday. Also, the home side have to face teams like Spurs, Everton, Chelsea in the coming weeks so things are only going to get tougher for them.