Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for United Analysis Stuart Brennan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for United Analysis Stuart Brennan

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THE VERDICT ON VAN GAAL'S BUYS THE Dutchman has spent more than Pounds 250m in his two years at Old Trafford. But it's possible that only two of his signings, Daley Blind and Anthony Martial, will start against Palace today.

Van Gaal claimed when he took over from David Moyes in 2014 that he had inherited a 'broken' squad.

But he is set to pick a team for perhaps the biggest game of his time at Old Trafford that will include hardly any of his own players.

PALACE'S PACE ALAN Pardew made no secret of Crystal Palace's game- plan at his pre-match press conference.

He accepted United will have more of the ball, but was confident his team could be effective on the break when they get the chance.

The pace of Wilfried Zaha on one side and Yannick Bolasie on the other will cause United a lot of problems if, as Pardew puts it, Van Gaal's team 'over commit'. …

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