Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen could miss out with the calf problem that prompted his substitution against Chelsea on Sunday. James Tomkins is poised to deputise. Dutch striker Wout Weghorst is available for Manchester United following his arrival on loan but the fitness of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be assessed. Diogo Dalot and Jadon Sancho remain unavailable, while Casemiro and Fred are both one booking from suspension. Crystal Palace beat Manchester United 1-0 on the final day last season, claiming their first home league win against them since 1991.
The Eagles are vying to win back-to-back games against United for the first time in their history. Manchester United have lost three of the past six top-flight meetings, as many defeats as in the previous 31 encounters.
Palace have lost four of their past five league matches, failing to score in any of those defeats. The Eagles can equal their longest Premier League losing streak under Patrick Vieira: three games, set between November and December 2021. Crystal Palace are winless in all nine league fixtures this season against teams currently in the top half of the table (D3, L6). They have already equalled last season’s final tally of four home defeats. All of their dropped points at Selhurst Park this season came in London derbies. Palace are winless in 13 Premier League home games played on a Wednesday since beating Aston Villa in their first such fixture in February 1993 (D7, L6). Wilfried Zaha can go six consecutive Premier League appearances without a goal for the first time since January to April 2021. He has three goals in his last three games versus Manchester United.
A 10th straight victory in all competitions would be United’s longest run in 14 years since an 11-match streak under Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United have won five consecutive Premier League fixtures. They are the only team to have won every Premier League game in which they have led this season. United last dropped points from a winning position in a 1-1 home draw versus Southampton last February. This is Manchester United’s first away match of 2023. Their five away league victories so far this season were all by a single-goal margin. Marcus Rashford has scored in seven successive appearances in all competitions, the first Manchester United player to do so since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2008. However, Rashford has failed to score in any of his last 25 Premier League away starts since a 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Boxing Day 2020. World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez celebrates his 25th birthday on the day of this game.
Manchester United’s next assignment is a trip to south London to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday night (20:00 GMT kick-off). The game, which will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK, has been rearranged after initially being postponed in the wake of The Queen’s death last year. United are in great spirits after the derby victory continued our winning run since domestic football’s resumption, following the World Cup, and are boosted by the likely availability of new striker Wout Weghorst. The Netherlands international is hopefully ready to make his debut, now his loan move from Burnley has been finalised. However, our other January arrival, goalkeeper Jack Butland is ineligible to play, as he is on loan from the Eagles.
Diogo Dalot missed the weekend derby win due to injury and Jadon Sancho was also unavailable, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both had fitness problems on Saturday, even if the latter did persevere and convert Alejandro Ganacho’s cross for the memorable winner. Fred and Casemiro are only one booking away from a suspension that would rule them out of the Arsenal clash on Sunday, as this is our last outing before the yellow-card slate is wiped clean. Of course, there are a number of options open to Erik ten Hag if he decides to utilise his squad. Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire only came off the bench, as did Garnacho, to contribute with another excellent display of wing-play on the big stage. Scott McTominay was another substitute used in the derby and he could offer an additional physical presence in the midfield. Donny van de Beek is a long-term absentee, following knee surgery, but the hope is he can return in pre-season before the 2023/24 campaign gets under way.
Manager Patrick Vieira felt his side did not get the rub of the green in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday, a result that means they have only one win in five outings since the World Cup. Influential defender Joachim Andersen was withdrawn at Stamford Bridge, reportedly with a calf issue, and may be a doubt for our Selhurst Park clash. Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur look to be definitely ruled out. “At the moment, it is true that we lost a bit of confidence,” admitted Vieira, a fearsome opponent in his Arsenal days. “We don’t take our chances and have to keep working on that side. “When you don’t win games, you lose confidence but, on the other side, you tell the players to look at the performances and the performance today was positive.” There were three changes for the all-London affair, with Tyrick Mitchell, Jeffrey Schlupp and Ebere Eze coming into the XI. Teenager David Ozoh was among the substitutes
It was at Selhurst Park where Erik ten Hag, for the very first time, got up close and personal with Manchester United. Fresh from flying into England following the conclusion of the Eredivisie campaign in the Netherlands, Ten Hag, flanked by assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, as well as football director John Murtough, watched United slump to a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign from the stands. Wilfried Zaha’s first-half effort was enough to condemn United to their sixth successive away defeat, meaning they brought the Ralf Rangnick era and a forgettable campaign to an end with a limp. The Reds had been woeful for almost all of the campaign and Ten Hag, watching on, must have been wondering what he was letting himself in for.