Mourinho: How media are 'a bit unfair' to Man United

No Pogba Mourinho war at Man United – Raiola

No Pogba Mourinho war at Man United – Raiola

Thus, the Premier League matchup with Crystal Palace is crucial to Manchester United's spot in the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho admitted his side made "many mistakes", but praised Crystal Palace and the officials after their 3-2 come-from-behind win. With that in mind, these two sides will meet this Monday evening at Selhurst Park.

DF Luke Shaw, 5 - Replaced Young but had less defensive work to do as United attacked much more in the second half. United may be away from home but Betfair customers still rate them at [1.58] to take all three points here, the draw is [4.3]. And although The Eagles continued to have their fair share of attacks, United looked more unsafe and had most of the ball. Paul Pogba allowed Andros Townsend to sneak into space at the top of the box. Ander Herrera is still out due to a muscular injury.

Defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have been ruled out of the tie as well.

Crystal Palace are seventeenth on the league table and cling to safety on goal differential. Former Reds winger Wilfried Zaha is also on a lengthy list of absentees, which includes Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, Jason Puncheon and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

United have often been hit this season by the supposedly weaker teams as Mourinho's team have failed to bring their "A" game in these games.

However, James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and Jeff Schlupp should all shake off their injury problems in time.

Manchester United are in great position to earn a place in next year's Champions League.

Two clean sheets from those three games would suggest United boss Mourinho is beginning to trust the centre-back, who has found himself in and out of the Portuguese's starting line-up this season.

But, it would be foolish for the Red Devils to look past their current opponents in the shape of Crystal Palace on Tuesday, who've had a resurrection under new manager Roy Hodgson. "Normally, the victor gets the credit but I think Roy deserves it". The south-London outfit now sit 17th, with only goal difference keeping them above the relegation zone, but they could fall into it if results over the weekend go against them. With arch-rivals Liverpool hot on their heels, the Red Devils can not afford to slip-up ahead of their meeting with Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring Reds at Old Trafford. They've been struck by a wave of injuries, enforced substitutions and some really poor results. Palace, however, needs a win to move out the drop zone at the expense of Southampton. This means it will be up to the Frenchman to deliver the goods (and all three points) at Selhurst Park.

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