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‘It’s not going to be easy’ – Hodgson expecting a tough time at ‘daunting’ Old Trafford

Roy Hodgson has described Manchester United as a ‘very top club’ ahead of his sides trip to Old Trafford this weekend.

It has been a poor start to the campaign for Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, picking up a solitary point in their opening two games, and failing to score a goal in their games against Everton and newly-promoted Sheffield United.

Next up for the Eagles is a trip to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, who, by contrast, have enjoyed a decent start to the 2019/20 Premier League season, beating Chelsea 4-0 before drawing 1-1 away at Wolves.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, former England boss Hodgson hardly exuded positivity, admitting that Old Trafford was a ‘daunting place to go’, adding that ‘it’s not going to be easy’ to get anything out of the game.

“Old Trafford has always been a very daunting place to go if you need a result, and unfortunately if I look back on my record there it doesn’t measure up to any high degree of scrutiny,” Hodgson said at his pre-match press conference.

“But that’s because they are a top team and a very top club, they really have the ability to sign players that we will never have, I think like all clubs going to Old Trafford is an opportunity, it’s a great occasion because it’s a place every footballer wants to play.

“If you’re saying this is a must-win game then it’s not going to feel so good because it’s not going to be easy.”

Let’s hope Roy’s team talk is slightly more inspirational.

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