Man United v Crystal Palace: Lukaku set to shoot down Eagles



Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running at Manchester United, and will hope to continue his form when Crystal Palace come calling. has hit the ground running at , and will hope to continue his form when come calling.

welcome to Old Trafford this weekend as Jose Mourinho will hope his side continues their fine start to the season with yet another win against the Eagles.

Palace have started the season poorly, and have already sacked Frank de Boer, but new boss Roy Hodgson has hardly fared any better.

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are likely to be without Michael Carrick, while Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini are doubts.

Anthony Martial will be assessed after limping off during United’s Champions League game at CSKA Moscow in midweek.

striker Christian Benteke is out for at least six weeks because of knee ligament damage.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and James Tomkins are also injured, Wilfried Zaha remains absent and loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to face his parent club.


have never lost a Premier League game against in 16 previous meetings (W13, D3).

‘s last win over United was a 2-1 League Cup quarter-final triumph at Old Trafford in November 2011.

The Eagles have not won a league game at Old Trafford since a 2-1 success in December 1989. Mark Bright scored both goals that day.


A United win will equal their record tally of 19 points after the opening seven Premier League matches, set in 1999 and again in 2011.

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Jose Mourinho’s side have won all three home league matches this campaign by an aggregate score of 10-0.

United have kept a league-high five clean sheets.

has scored six goals in his first six league appearances for United. Andrew Cole holds the club record of seven goals in his first seven Premier League matches.

Lukaku has scored 19 goals in his last 21 league games – one goal more than in the same number of matches.

Five of United’s league goals have been scored by substitutes, which is the most in the division.

are the first side in England’s top four divisions to lose their first six games of the season without scoring.

The all-time Football League record for failing to score at the start of a season is eight games, held by Halifax in 1990-91.

The last Premier League side to lose their opening six games was Portsmouth in 2009-10 – they finished that season bottom of the table.

Leicester, in 1984, are the last team to lose their first six top-flight matches and stay up.

The Eagles have lost nine of their last 10 league matches, failing to score in each defeat.

Palace’s last league goal was scored by Patrick van Aanholt in the final minute of a 4-0 home win against Hull on 14 May.


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