Fred must seize his chance to shine, says Man United boss

Juan Mata leaves the pitch after picking up an injury

Juan Mata leaves the pitch after picking up an injury

"I have chosen we need to play as a Man United team and if you want to be a part of Man United, it's a survival of the fittest isn't it?"

Solskjaer suggested he had settled on a midfield combination of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, but with Herrera and Matic set to miss the Palace trip through injury - two of 10 players sidelined - he hinted that Fred could be given an opportunity.

The most worrying part of the injuries is undoubtedly the absence of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in midfield, who have both been vast during the last few months. Marcus Rashford will be a game-time decision, but there's a chance he ends up playing either way. The tactician said, "James Garner is a Michael Carrick but 20 years younger, I'm sure he'll do well and Chongy will be taking people on if he comes on".

On the other hand, Crystal Palace's boss Roy Hodgson has a fair share of injury concerns of his own. Connor Wickham and Julian Speroni are still unavailable.

Despite last week's draw to Liverpool, The Red Devils remain on top form. "They'll be involved in the squad", Solskjaer said. The loss against PSG still hurts, but that has been the only defeat from the side since mid-December. "What more do you want from him?" They also secured a point against Liverpool last week.

So does Luke feel it was one of his best performances for United?

Crystal Palace have found form in broken intervals this season. Even though they're not very far away from safety, they are still a team to watch and one that is high on confidence at the moment.

"We've not really had a session yet, so I don't think there are a lot of positives". Whether they will or not remains to be seen, but it is clear to see that Manchester United will not be challenging for the Premier League any time soon if the money is not spent. That run already extends to 19 games.

Interestingly, Sunday's 0-0 result at against United Old Trafford saw Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League log, but many are still unconvinced about their quality to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.

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