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MessagePosté le: Sam 3 Mar - 06:48 (2018)    Sujet du message: Crystal Palace v Man Utd preview: Eagles have made big strid Répondre en citant


sbo333 Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Monday Night Football with Roy Hodgson urging his team to take encouragement from the vast improvements they have made since the two sides' past meeting.

Less than three weeks after Hodgson's appointment as manager, Palace lost 4-0 at Old Trafford to leave them with seven defeats from seven Premier League fixtures having not scored a goal.

Palace unexpectedly beat defending champions Chelsea in their next game to record their first points and gradually climbed clear of the bottom three before a succession of injuries again undermined them.

Goal difference alone is keeping Hodgson's team out of the relegation zone, but he has succeeded in giving Palace an identity and confidence and has organised a shaky defence.

The 12 injuries they had before last week's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham mostly affected his back four, but Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp have since returned to fitness and despite their many absentees, the 70-year-old manager remains upbeat. sbo333

"I certainly didn't know that we could recover from seven matches with no points and no goals and eight points from being out of the bottom three," he said.

"That we would rally round to get two or three points clear a few weeks ago. I couldn't have predicted that, and the players have made big strides forward in becoming a better team and harder to beat.

"I am certain we can give a better account of ourselves than we did at Old Trafford."

While the on-loan Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible against his parent club, Palace's options have been further strengthened by the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, previously a free agent, on a short-term contract until the season's end.

The 35-year-old had been on trial, having also worked with Hodgson at Liverpool, and is expected to be named a substitute with Julian Speroni still injured.

"I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now," he said.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room has been really good and they have received me very well so we can talk a lot and get to know everyone. I am very happy with this opportunity."

As for the visitors, midfielder Scott McTominay, 21, is hoping to make his fourth straight start for United at Palace, with his solid displays attracting admiring glances from England and Scotland.

"My advice to him is not about national teams, it is not about that," said United manager Jose Mourinho.

"My advice to him is to stay the way he is: very humble, very open to learn, intelligent, and to keep going in the same direction, same profile, trying to fight to have minutes with Manchester United, which is not easy. sbo333


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