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Hodgson wary of United’s threat

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Roy Hodgson is wary of the threat posed by Manchester United and insists a win against them would be huge progress for his Crystal Palace team.

Palace are aiming to become the first team to beat United in the League under Solskjaer’s reign when they come to Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

And Hodgson, although pumped up for the match, knows the difficulty of the task at hand.

“I’m looking forward to it but I’m very wary of the fact that this is Manchester United,” he told Sky.

“This is a team that in their last 11 league games they’ve only managed to draw twice and win the other nine, so it’s going to be a very, very tough ask for us but at least we go into the game after a good victory ourselves.”

The previous meeting between the sides earlier in the season finished goalless, a result which meant Palace have not beaten United in their last 12 attempts.

Hodgson hailed the impact of Solskjaer at Old Trafford and revealed it would be a historic moment for the Eagles if they win the tie.

“There’s no doubt that he (Solskjaer) has had an effect upon the team,” the Palace boss added.

“I’ve been very impressed with the way that he’s conducted himself. Manchester United are Manchester United and we are talking about one of the greatest football clubs not just in England but in the whole world.

“Maybe the players have woken up a little bit and started to smell the coffee and realised that they’re Manchester United and the way things were going hadn’t been quite good enough.

“If we are going to get a result in the game on Wednesday night it will be a massive feather in the cap of Crystal Palace football club because I can’t remember too many of our victories against them.”