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Do you want to be a defender and live in South London? Head down to Selhurst Park and you might get a game for Manchester United, who find themselves horribly short of numbers at the back.

Say what you will about Harry Maguire, but he offers at least a modicum of competence as a Premier League defender and is one of United’s livelier players as well as an aerial threat in both boxes. Losing Maguire to a muscle injury, with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw already on the sidelines, is a major blow. Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay are also doubts for Erik ten Hag’s side.

It’s quite something when the bookmakers have United priced at 9/4 for a game against Palace, but that also reflects the feel-good factor surrounding the London club since the appointment of Oliver Glasner. Palace are unbeaten since losing to Manchester City, a run that has featured impressive wins against West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle. Glasner made a strong impression but Palace have Marc Geuhi, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze back on form. Just like under Roy Hodgson, they are a different proposition with that trio available. Striker Jean-Philippe Mateta is in sensational form with eight goals in 10 league games.

Guehi has been linked with a summer move away from Selhurst Park, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all considered potential destinations. Glasner, however, remains relaxed about any transfer speculation.

“I’m always optimistic because all these players have contracts with Crystal Palace,” he said.

“It’s May and a lot of things can change, so nothing is 100%.

“(Marc) is under contract, he’s a good player, he’s our captain, so I’m very positive and confident that he’s playing for Crystal Palace (next season).”

Full team news coming soon.

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