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Man Utd great backs Crystal Palace to win FA Cup final

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pardew v Van Gaal in FA Cup final
Pardew v Van Gaal in FA Cup final

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes Crystal Palace will beat his old club in Saturday’s FA Cup final, as he suggested Louis van Gaal may lose his job as United manager in the coming days.

Ince played for United in their 1990 FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace at Wembley and ahead of the re-match this weekend, he has backed Alan Pardew’s side to reverse the result of 26 years ago and create history by winning their club’s first major trophy at Wembley on Sunday.

“I think there has been so much stuff that has come out in the past four or five months about his future and this is not just about winning a trophy,” Ince told Sky Sports.

“He mentioned that winning the FA Cup is probably better than qualifying in the top four (of the Premier League), but that is ridiculous.

Man Utd always need to in the Champions League. Winning the FA Cup doesn’t change that.

“I think it is the style of football that the fans have seen. It is not exciting free flowing football, they have not been creating chances. They have struggled to score goals and the tippy tappy football they have been playing has not been great.

“It just covers over the cracks if they win the FA Cup. If they lose, Ed Woodward has got a decision to make.”

Ince went on to suggest Palace will plunge a dagger into Van Gaal’s future at United at Wembley on Saturday, as he backed the underdog to emerge victorious in the FA Cup Final.

“I have got a sneaky feeling for Palace,” he added. “My heart says Man Utd, but my head says Palace.

“United are so vulnerable to set pieces and we saw that in the West Ham game a couple of weeks ago. Palace are a big side and if they can get free-kicks in the final third, it could be a real problem for United.

“I don’t like to say it, but I can see Palace winning it.”