Crystal Palace frontman Connor Wickham has speculated that Manchester United‘s rearranged match against Bournemouth could help the Red Devils in the Premier League.
United were set to face the Cherries in their final match of the EPL season on Sunday at Old Trafford, but the match was postponed after a suspicious package was found at the ground.
While the item was later exposed as a training device left over at the stadium, the match was ultimately abandoned and rearranged for Tuesday evening.
Ostensibly, the match comes at a disadvantage for United, who will have two days’ less rest to prepare for the FA Cup final than their opponents Palace.
However, paranoid Wickham, who’s clearly been thinking things through, insists that with Manchester City drawing against Swansea City—taking Champions League qualification all but beyond the Red Devils—Louis van Gaal’s side have no incentive to play a full-strength XI in Tuesday evening’s rearranged bout.
“It was extraordinary what happened,” Wickham told reporters, as per Goal.
“Obviously there was a bit of disbelief at how quickly it all unfolded. But we’re not part of that. Now their Champions League place is pretty much gone they might play a very different team on Tuesday,” the striker continued.
“Our focus is on ourselves,” he added, unconvincingly. “It’s more that it’s disrupted that weekend. “They were ready to go out and they got evacuated. It’s up to them what team they play but their Champions League hopes are gone so their main focus will be on us.”
23-year-old Wickham has featured 21 times for the Eagles in the Premier League this season, scoring five goals and contributing three assists.