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Manchester United are looking to get back to winning ways against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Manchester United may have managed to battle for a hard-fought draw at home to Liverpool on Sunday, but two prominent pundits are predicting bad news for the Red Devils this week.

United travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening for what is likely to be a tough fixture in the capital.

It has been made all the more difficult due to injury issues affecting the likes of Marcus Rashford (ankle), Jesse Lingard (hamstring) and Anthony Martial (groin). Nemanja Matic is likely to also be sidelined.

This will leave United depending on their depth and pundits Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson don’t fancy their chances.

“United’s injury problems from their draw with Liverpool weekend are going to affect the team,” Lawrenson explained in his BBC Sport predictions column.

“I just have a feeling that Palace will be different, and that they are going to surprise people here. They are playing well and they are going to go for it attack-wise too.

Ex-Liverpool star Lawrenson is predicting a 2-1 defeat for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and so is Arsenal hero Merson.

“United have got a lot of injures, Palace had a great result at Leicester. I’m going for Palace in this one! All of a sudden, I think United will be four points behind the top four,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I want to go for United, but they’ve got too many injuries to too many key players. They’ve come at the wrong time for United.”

Both Lawrenson and Merson are predicting what would be a historic result for Palace, with the Londoners having never beaten United in the Premier League in 19 previous meetings.

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