Crystal Palace v Man United: High-flying Reds looking for sixth win of the season



Man United Women travel to Crystal Palace this weekend where they look to secure their sixth win in seven games this season.

Two weeks ago the Reds beat top-of-the-table Spurs in a landslide 4-1 victory, conceding their first and only goal of the campaign so far.

As of yet, the only team to keep United at bay has been Durham who held Stoney's side to a 0-0 draw. A distinct contrast in comparison to the 27 goals they've already scored in just six games.

The high-flying Reds now sit in second position behind Spurs with a game in hand after the fixture vs Leicester was postponed.

Palace, on the other hand, have won just one of their seven games this season, drawing one and losing five.

Despite the amount of loses, Palace can take pride in their defensive ability given that Durham was the only team to put more than one goal past them - proving travelling to Hayes Lane will be no easy task for Man United.

Eagles manager Dean Davenport is relishing the chance to play Casey Stoney's built-from-scratch squad.

''For us, United is a team we want to play against,'' he said.

''There's going to be a big crowd there, which is good, and hopefully, a lot of the Palace faithful come down. That will give the players an extra 10 to 20 percent.''

Confidence will be high for United having beaten off their arguably toughest opponent in the league with ease - so Palace will have to be at the top of their game.

Who to look out for?

Many United players have shone since their very first game, while others have grown into it and are beginning to show signs of top players. 

Kirsty Hanson has really come into her own over the last couple of games and is beginning to cause real problems for defenders. Predominantly situated down the right, she is causing a constant threat for United going forward and if she's not scoring, she's assisting. 

Aimee Palmer is among those who have grown into the game and has shown to be of real composure with a run of games and confidence instilled in her by Stoney. The youngster has featured frequently since an impressive international break with England saw her steal the headlines and being rewarded with a run of starts. 

Arguably one of United's most exciting talents and impressive performers this season has been 17-year-old Lauren James. Signed from Arsenal at just 16, James quickly went from the unknown to the spotlight and possesses ability beyond her years. Playing in the most advanced role of Stoney's usual midfield three, she is constantly driving at defenders with her close ball control making her unplayable. In a game with goals aplenty, James is guaranteed to be on the scoresheet or assisting. 

United will travel to London to face The Eagles on Sunday, with the game set to kick-off at 2pm.

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