Having trumped Chelsea with a remarkable comeback, the Red Devils will be eager to hold on to their second place, and will be especially adamant to grab the three points in order to thwart any efforts that nearby Liverpool will hold up.
Placed at a doubtful 17th spot, Palace will hope to do better, and the home game will mean that life won’t be made easy for Jose Mourinho’s lads.
Let’s have a look at how the two sides could lineup during the Monday fixture:
Even though it might not appear like it, a slowly building injury concern exists in their dressing room, and it is largely due to players not yet fit to make the leap back into normal game-time.
Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini, however, are sidelined with relatively longer injuries that will last well into the end of this month, if not longer.
Defenders Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have sustained knocks that will rule them out of the game, whereas Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while on the cusp of a full recovery, is still not fit enough to make the away trip.
In terms of a selection dilemma, Mourinho has several. With it seeming apt that the 4-3-3 will be deployed yet again, the choice between Mata, Martial, Rashford, and Lingard will be a tough one.
With Lingard’s winner against Chelsea, a rewarding start would be nice, but the formation doesn’t exactly adhere well to the central attacking role the starlet is apt for.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young
Midfielders:McTominay, Matic , Pogba
Attackers: Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial
Roy Hodgson’s men will certainly feel that their current standing doesn’t truly reflect the effort they’ve put in this season. This is especially daunting considering that they made life awful for Chelsea when they triumphed over them 2-1 back in October.
A similar feat might be in line for United if they underestimate the home side on Monday. Due to loan rules, Fosu-Mensah, who has been playing phenomenally well, won’t be eligible to start against his parent club.
A long injury list afflicts the side, with Ward, Sakho, Loftus-Cheek, and Cabaye among the names that might make it back within the month, unlike their other season-long losses.
The normal goal-scoring formula of Benteke, Zaha, and Milivojevic is certainly their best shot at achieving anything against the Red Devils.
Defenders: Bissaka, Delaney, Tomkins, Aanholt
Midfielders: Riedewald, Milivojevic, McArthur
Attackers: Townsend, Benteke, Sorloth