Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side defied injury problems to earn a commendable 0-0 draw at home against Liverpool on Sunday but saw fourth place handed to Arsenal as a result.
They will seek to maintain the pressure on the Gunners in London, where they meet a Crystal Palace side in high spirits after a 4-1 win over Leicester and a lengthy undefeated run.
|Game||Crystal Palace vs Manchester United|
|Date||Wednesday, February 27|
|Time||8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast on television but will be available to live stream through NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold.|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or streamed live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Crystal Palace players|
|Goalkeepers||Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni|
|Defenders||Sakho, Tomkins, Riedewald, Dann, Van Aanholt, Souare, Wan-Bissaka, Ward, Kelly|
|Midfielders||Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Schlupp, Meyer, Kaikai, Townsend, Sako|
|Forwards||Zaha, Benteke, Ayew, Wickham, Batshuayi|
Confirmed Crystal Palace starting XI: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha
|Position||Manchester United squad|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Grant, Romero|
|Defenders||Lindelof, Jones, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, Dalot, Young, Rojo|
|Midfielders||Pogba, A. Pereira, Fred, Gomes, Garner, Greenwood|
|Forwards||Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford, Chong|
Confirmed Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Young, Lukaku, Sanchez
Betting & Match Odds
Crystal Palace can be backed at 9/4 with Bet365 to upset Manchester United. A draw is priced at 5/2, while the Red Devils can be backed at 13/10.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after his side’s goalless draw with Liverpool on Sunday that he had never experienced anything like the bad luck the Red Devils did in that encounter.
The Norwegian saw his side suffer an incredible four injuries over the course of the match, including three hamstring problems in the first half alone, which compelled him to use his substitutes early.
His side showed character to take a point from the match, but with as many as 10 players set to miss the midweek trip to Crystal Palace, he has pinpointed a couple of underperforming stars he wishes to see step up .
“It's a chance for them to play to their potential,” Solskjaer said of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, neither of whom has featured regularly under him.
“Reputation is one thing; the potential is high and I'm sure of that because the two of them are good mates.
“They linked up between them against Arsenal in the FA Cup so hopefully Alexis and Rom can step up.
“This might be a chance for those two to find some form and give a selection headache for us when everyone gets fit again.”
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are unlikely to prove straightforward opponents, with the Selhurst Park side on a roll currently.
Roy Hodgson celebrated becoming the oldest Premier League manager ever in style at the weekend as his side steamrollered Leicester 4-1 away from home, with ex-Manchester United man Wilfried Zaha grabbing a double.
Palace, who are only six points clear of the drop zone, are now undefeated in six in all competitions, with their last loss inflicted by Liverpool at Anfield.
They will see Wednesday’s fixture against a wounded rival as another opportunity to claim a big scalp and to take a giant step towards survival.