The new man Sabitzer makes his first trip on the famous turf
Both sides to commemorate the Munich air disaster
From James Ducker at Old Trafford
Monday marked the 65th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Erik ten Hag and Patrick Vieira will lay a wreath before the start of the match, the players will wear black armbands and “Flowers of Manchester” will be played before the teams leave. There will also be a moment of silence. Inside Old Trafford, banners will be placed in the stands in memory of those lost and flags will be at half-mast as a mark of respect. The families of those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Munich will be guests at the club in the directors’ box.
The matchday program is also a special 100-page commemorative edition featuring a color picture of the classic Busby Babes match on the cover and a commemorative booklet for supporters.
James Ducker at Old Trafford
Anthony Martial’s perennial lack of availability is becoming a major frustration for United this season. He returned from injury in midweek to come on as a substitute against Nottingham Forest and scored but manager Erik ten Hag said he had a “setback” during the game and is now missing. So it means another start for Wout Weghorst. United are in dire need of a top quality and reliable striker this summer. Marcel Sabitzer, the deadline day loan signing from Bayern Munich, is on the bench and Diogo Dalot is back in the squad. Crystal Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha for weeks with a hamstring injury, a real loss. Eberechi Eze is on the bench.
Martial will have no part in today’s game
That’s because the Frenchman has been ruled out again with another injury. He managed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League back in January 2021 – over two years ago.
Man Utd: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, Fred, Antony, Weghorst, Rashford.
Subsidiaries: Lindelof, Maguire, Malacia, Sabitzer, Dalot, Heaton, Sancho, Garnacho, Mainoo.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Richards, Guehi, Mitchell, Doucoure, Hughes, Ayew, Olise, Schlupp, Édouard.
Subsidiaries: Milivojevic, Tomkins, Sambi Lokonga, Eze, Mateta, Johnstone, Ahamada, Whitworth, Riedewald.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
A preview of a big game
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Erik ten Hag was asked to comment on the news that criminal charges have been laid against Mason Greenwood in his pre-match press conference, but claims his focus is on ‘the game, no matter what’.
Ten Hag said he had ‘nothing’ to say, and nothing he could add, referring reporters present back to the ‘club statement’.
“Sometimes you have problems,” he said. “Then as a club and as a team you have to deal with it. We have standards and values. We have to live by those high standards and values and that gives you a base if you have a good head. culture and spirit.
“That’s our job, not to get in our way. We are human and sometimes there are problems, we are not like robots, but we have to focus on our job.
“We’ve got so many games so we don’t have time to bother with anything. It’s not easy but that’s our job.”
Ten Hag also discussed the possibility of including new recruit Marcel Sabitzer in today’s squad, whose clutch loan move from Bayern Munich followed Christian Eriksen’s ankle injury.
New manager Sabitzer praised the ‘winning attitude’ of his latest signing.
“He is a determined football player with a really good attitude and [at] Many clubs he was also captain, so he is also a leader.
“I think that’s a perfect signing. We’re very happy with him.”
A home win today will ensure United’s ambitions of catching up with the leaders of the pack, currently in fourth place, as they continue their fight on all fronts after recent wins in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.