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Predicted Manchester United XI vs. Crystal Palace: Romelu Lukaku doubtful

Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit Manchester United could line up for Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils began to build some momentum before the international break with three successive victories - including a famous win away to Juventus in the Champions League - but they were outclassed by Manchester City in their most recent outing.

That result leaves Jose Mourinho's side already 12 points off the pace in the Premier League, and seven points adrift of even the top four after only 12 games.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could line up against Palace as they try to close that gap.



Possible MNU XI vs. CRY

Out: Luke Shaw (suspended)
Doubtful: Paul Pogba (thigh), Romelu Lukaku (hamstring), Anthony Martial (groin), Marcus Rashford (knock), Marouane Fellaini (groin), Diogo Dalot (knock), Eric Bailly (knock)

United have question marks over a number of key players heading into this match, but one player who will definitely miss out is Luke Shaw, who will serve a one-game ban having picked up five yellow cards this season.

Antonio Valencia appears to be out of favour with Mourinho at the moment, which means that Shaw's absence could open the door for Diogo Dalot to make his long-awaited Premier League debut, with Ashley Young switching to the left.

Paul Pogba missed the Manchester derby and pulled out of the France squad with a thigh problem, but club physios are thought to be hopeful that he will recover in time for Saturday's match.

United's injury worries deepened during the international break as Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford all returned with injuries, but the quartet could be fit to feature in some capacity.

Lukaku's hamstring issue - coupled with his recent club form - may limit him to a place on the bench at best, though, while Alexis Sanchez will return later than most following his Chile duties and so could also be amongst the substitutes.

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Romelu Lukaku in action for Manchester United on October 28, 2018
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