Palace vs Man Utd: Big boost for Vieira


Crystal Palace have been handed a major boost ahead of their clash against Manchester United today.

What’s the latest?

As per a report from Football.London, the Red Devils will be without the Portuguese talisman that is Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is said that the 37-year-old has sustained a hip flexor injury ahead of today’s game, consequently ruling him out.

United will also be without France midfielder Paul Pogba, in what is a double blow for Manchester United and a double boost for Crystal Palace. Pogba looks to have played his final game for the club and will not get the opportunity to sign off in style in a United shirt.

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A double boost for Vieira

Whilst the two injuries represent a big blow for United, the news comes as a major boost for a Palace side who are looking to secure a top-half Premier League finish.

Vieira needs a win against United, who were thrashed by top half battlers Brighton last time out.

With the likes of Ronaldo out, who has scored an incredible 18 goals in his first season back in England, Palace will have one less focal point to worry about.

Whilst Pogba’s absence will also harm United’s creative prospects in possession.

Rangnick’s side have registered 65 big chances this season, and the combination of Ronaldo and Pogba are responsible for 13 of those this season, despite missing games.


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Vieira’s side will consequently have the luxury of aiming most of their concentration on the transitional aspects of the game, rather than spending resources trying to mark the likes of Ronaldo and Pogba out of the game.

With the lack of quality depth at United this season, they should not have to worry too much about the Red Devils’ threat and will feel confident out-of-possession, having conceded just 46 goals this season in what makes them the seventh-best defence in the league.

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