MAN UTD enter a new era as Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first game as interim boss against Crystal Palace.
United have endured a tough season up until now, sacking club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a dismal run of games which left them with 4 points from 21.
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They also struggled to assert themselves in the Champions League, though they’ve now qualified for the last-16 stage under Michael Carrick.
Carrick took charge in the immediate aftermath of Solskjaer’s sacking, but the club have brought in experienced German coach Rangnick, an idol to the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, to steady the ship until the end of the season.
And first up is Patrick Vieira’s Palace, who have lost their last two games against Aston Villa and Leeds.
Palace handed United a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford last season, and they’ll be out for more of the same in an effort to spoil Rangnick‘s first day on the job.
If United are to put up a last-ditch title fight, however, their home clash with Palace must result in a win, something they’ve struggled with against mid-table sides all season.
But on Thursday evening in Carrick’s last game at the club, United looked a better side as they beat Arsenal 3-2 in a thrilling clash at Old Trafford.
What time does Man Utd vs Crystal Palace kick-off?
- Rangnick’s first game in charge of Man Utd will get going from 2pm UK time on Sunday, December 5.
- The game will take place at Old Trafford.
- There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance at Rangnick’s first game.
Is Man Utd vs Crystal Palace on TV?
Man Utd vs Crystal Palace, however, will not be shown on live TV in the UK.
The game was not selected for television but you can keep up to date with the game right here, where we’ll be running our live blog.
Cristiano Ronaldo could incredibly miss this game amid fears he injured his knee celebrating his winner against Arsenal.
Paul Pogba is still out of action with a thigh injury he picked up on international duty with France.
Raphael Varane’s hamstring problem will keep him out for a few weeks yet so new boss Ralf Rangnick is expected to conitnue with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
Luke Shaw could return but Edinson Cavani still has a tendon issue and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a doubt with a hand injury.
Rangnick will have to decide whether to start Cristiano Ronaldo or not, with talk about the Portuguese player not being able to fit into the German’s system a constant throughout the past week.
- Man Utd – 4/7
- Draw – 16/5
- Crystal Palace – 11/2
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at time of publication.