We simulated Crystal Palace vs Manchester United to get a score prediction

Manchester United face a trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, where a win would confirm Europa League football for next season.

The game against Palace will be Ralf Rangnick’s final game as United’s interim boss, with Erik ten Hag set to take charge of the club on Monday. Currently in sixth place, the outcome of United’s trip to Selhurst Park could decide whether they will be in the Europa League or the Europa Conference League next season.

United currently sit two points ahead of West Ham United in seventh with a much worse goal difference. This means, if West Ham win their game against Brighton on the final day, United must win to avoid dropping to seventh.

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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho returned to training this week but the latter is still a doubt, joining Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly as players set to miss out against Palace.

So, what line-ups will both teams select? And, what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for United vs Crystal Palace on Sunday and this is what happened…

Crystal Palace v Man United score predicted by simulation

We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself to give us a score prediction.

We predict that United could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Matic, Fernandes; Elanga, Ronaldo, Rashford.

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We predict that Crystal Palace could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Butland; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Ayew, Mateta, Zaha.

United controlled possession in the opening stages, with their three-man midfield dominating the pitch. Despite this, Palace had the best chance of the first half, with Wilfried Zaha striking the woodwork.

Wilfred Zaha hit the crossbar for Crystal Palace

Jordan Ayew managed to close down Alex Telles’ clearance and approach United’s goal, but instead of shooting, the forward chipped a ball towards Zaha at the back post. With momentum, Zaha leapt highest and headed an effort over David de Gea, but his attempt by him rattled the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.

In the second half, United looked brighter going forward, with Rashford getting the better of his man on multiple occasions. Rashford’s pressing led to United’s biggest opportunity in the second half, but Bruno Fernandes was denied by Jack Butland.

Bruno Fernandes came close to scoring for Man United
Bruno Fernandes came close to scoring for Man United

Clyne’s clearance was scuffed into the feet of Rashford outside the box, and the forward found Fernandes’ darting run through the middle as he went one-on-one with the keeper. The United man powered his strike towards the near post, but Butland got a strong hand to the strike to push the effort wide.

FIFA 22 predicted final score: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

Here are the full-time match stats.

FT stats from Crystal Palace 0-0 Man United on FIFA 22
Full-time stats from Crystal Palace 0-0 Man United on FIFA 22

FIFA 22 predicts that United could find it hard to break down Crystal Palace on Sunday, leaving with a point after a 0-0 draw. If the simulation’s result was to replicate itself in real life, United must hope that West Ham fail to win in order to claim Europa League football next season. If not, it’ll be the Europa Conference League for Ten Hag’s side.

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What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments!

FIFA 22 is available now on all platforms, including PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, PC and Stadia.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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