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Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side heavy favourites for a second home win of the season.
The optimism which flowed following United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea eased slightly after a 1-1 draw at Wolves.
Solskjaer’s side faces a new kind of task on Saturday and will have to show that they can break down sides who deploy a defensive gameplan.
Ahead of the game, the United boss has faced the press.
Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has suffered an injury setback at the club.
“It is more or less the same (squad),” Solskjaer told the United App ahead of Saturday’s clash. “Diogo is injured, he’ll be out for a little while, hopefully, he’ll be back for (the games) after the international break. He’s had a problem for a couple of weeks. But that’s it.”
On facing Crystal Palace, the Norwegian said: “It’s gonna be a tough game as all these games in the Premier League are, every single one they give you a different challenge and of course they’re a very well organised team, they’ve pace upfront, good counter-attacks, big on set pieces and we have to do all parts of the game, have to attack well, win the ball back when we lose it and we’ve got to be strong on set plays.”
Last year United drew with Palace and Solskjaer said that there is a change in team spirit.
“I didn’t watch the game last year, we had a game ourselves with Molde but I heard they had a few counter-attacks, Wilf (Zaha) was close to scoring, team spirit great, we’ve got loads of energy and passion, you can see the way we went about the game at Wolves our pressing was excellent, we gave them five mins in the second half that was it really apart from that… the engine looks so much better, and everyone is fit when you’re fit you’re mentally strong as well,” he said.
At Molineux, Paul Pogba saw his penalty kick saved by Rui Patricio. He was the victim of racist abuse.
“Paul’s fine, Paul’s a strong character and… he’s a strong character and it makes him stronger. When you speak to him he’s fine and I just cannot be live we’re still sitting here in 2019 talking about these instances. Social media is a place where people can hide behind fake identities, it’s not down to me to change it but there are so many Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s on Twitter I know it’s not me and we’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about it, you feel sorry for them (the abusers), they must have problems themselves,” said Solskjaer.
Solskjaer also reveals who will take next penalty: “I’m sure you’re gonna see Paul Pogba score a pen for Manchester United again, definitely. We’re practising pens still and Marcus and Paul are still on them.”
Romelu Lukaku has slammed his old club for the way his exit from Old Trafford was handled.
Lukaku joined Inter Milan for £73 million just before deadline day after weeks of speculation. The Belgium international hit back at suggestions he leaked news of his impending departure.
“Lukaku? I’m not going to dive into that one, part of that interview was made when he was a Man United player, so I’d rather not,” Solskjaer said.
At the end of the press-conference, Solskjaer provided the latest update on Alex Sanchez: “There are still talks with some clubs but he played in that game and played well, he’s working hard and let’s see in September what’s going to happen.”