Jose Mourinho to play himself in goal against Crystal Palace

Saturday, 30 Sep, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned his side against complacency when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday in an English Premier League clash.

Palace are the first club in top-flight history to lose their opening six league games of a season without scoring a single goal, and they are closing on Halifax Town's all-time record of failing to score in their opening eight league games of the 1990-91 season.

The two teams could go in this fixture in any more contrasting form if they tried.

Palace reportedly prepared for the game with a friendly against National League side Bromley, a match arranged to help "rebuild shattered confidence", per John Cross at the Mirror. We featured United last Saturday on Premier League Live with Sky Sports when they came away from Southampton with a 1-0 win. They are travelling back from their long trip to Russian Federation with a wide smile on their faces and will have another compelling performance and comprehensive 4-1 to thank for it. Romelu Lukaku extended his flying form with a brace against CSKA Moscow whereas Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed the scoring.

Mourinho has said the forward will not be rested until Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit again, having played every minute of the season so far.

Roy Hodgson has a huge striker crisis after Christian Benteke was ruled out for at least six weeks with a knee problem.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also out with a recurrence of a thigh strain, while defender James Tomkins is missing through illness.

During that period, United have netted 28 goals - a complete turnaround from their struggles last season - and while Romelu Lukaku continues to score at will, much of the attention has been on the rebirth of Anthony Martial.

But with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo all injured - Mourinho's squad will be stretched to its limits.

With Chelsea due to visit Selhurst Park after the trip to Old Trafford, things could get worse before they get better for the south London club.

Manchester United: 4-2-3-1 de Gea, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, [VIDEO] Rashford and Lukaku.

Roy Hodgson's side caused Manchester City a few problems last week before completely collapsing, and after a week of likely defensive drills, Palace may be hard to break down.