Confirmed starting XI: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Axel Tuanzebe makes the substitute’s bench

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Herrera, Mata, Martial; Rooney

Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Young, Carrick, Lingard, Pereira, Fellaini

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has handed youngster Axel Tuanzebe a spot on the substitute’s bench for the game against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Tuanzebe has impressed at U18 level for Man United and van Gaal has rewarded him with a place in the squad as Phil Jones is not included altogether.

Axel Tuanzebe

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney retains his place in the starting XI despite his poor form in recent weeks.

The 30-year-old’s inclusion means Anthony Martial lines up on the left wing, with Juan Mata occupying the opposite flank. Ander Herrera continues in the No.10 role.

Palace will provide a stern test at Selhurst Park and United will need to be in top form if they are to secure a positive result. Van Gaal will be keen for his side to bounce back with a good performance following recent disappointments against Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

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