Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first Manchester United game when they host Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday – and the German will be hoping to get off to a winning start
Manchester United will play their first game under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick against Crystal Palace on Sunday at Old Trafford in the Premier League and the 63-year-old will be aiming for an immediate three points.
Patrick Vieira has done a respectable job at Palace so far this season but two successive defeats has dampened things somewhat, as they sit 11th with just three wins from 14 games.
The Eagles do like playing at the Theatre of Dreams though and are unbeaten in their last three visits there – winning the last two – so they have nothing to fear and will provide a tough first test for Rangnick.
A win for United will draw them closer to the top four, while a victory for Palace could move them back into the top half.
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When is Man Utd vs Crystal Palace?
Man United vs Crystal Palace will kick off at 2pm on Sunday, December 5 at Old Trafford.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a goalless draw at Selhurst Park back in March, meaning that United had failed to win either of their games against the Eagles that season.
How to watch
The match has not been chosen for live coverage but highlights will be available on Match of the Day 2 at 22:30. This is also available to stream via iPlayer and the iPlayer app.
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Ralf Rangnick has six injury concerns to deal with ahead of his first game in charge at Old Trafford, although he could be boosted by the return of three players.
Luke Shaw (concussion) was once again left out of the squad on Thursday as he continues to be assessed but he could well return against Crystal Palace here, along with Aaron Wan-Bissaka (hand) and Nemanja Matic (thigh).
Edinson Cavani (tendon) is expected to miss another week, while Raphael Varane (thigh) and Paul Pogba (thigh) both remain out.
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Vieira is expected to remain without three injured players for this match, while Joel Ward will miss the game through suspension after picking up a fifth yellow of the season against Leeds United on Tuesday.
Joachim Anderson (thigh) continues to be assessed, but James McArthur (thigh) and Nathan Ferguson (calf) are ruled out.