Palace were 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture near the start of the campaign, with former Man United winger Wilfried Zaha netting twice in that clash with his old club. The Ivory Coast international is not expected to feature tonight, however, with an injury sustained early last month set to keep him out a little while longer. Zaha’s absence is certainly a blow to Roy Hodgson’s side, who enter the match in 13th place in the Premier League.
They are also in mixed form coming into the fixture, with two wins, two losses and one draw in their last five outings. Second-placed Man United, meanwhile, trail rivals and league leaders Man City by 15 points and have also won just two of their last five games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are unbeaten in that run, however, having drawn their other three matches in that stretch. The title seems to be slipping away from the Red Devils, but they will nevertheless hope to reduce the gap to City to 12 points here. Follow live updates from Crystal Palace vs Manchester United below.
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:41
SCHOLES ON FERNANDES AWARD CHANCES
Can Manchester United’s influential midfielder prove Scholes wrong? He’ll be hoping for an improved performance tonight after a quiet game against Chelsea last time out…
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:38
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back at Selhurst Park tonight – after leaving Palace to join United in the summer of 2019 – and will likely be glad that he’s not tasked with keeping Wilfried Zaha quiet.
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:32
ONE CHANGE FOR PALACE
Roy Hodgson chooses not to make great alterations to his side despite a disappointing performance against Fulham last time out. James McCarthy returns to the starting XI, while Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham are back on the bench. There’s still no Wilfried Zaha, of course.
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:25
The big news for Manchester United is that Edinson Cavani is back in the starting XI. He’s joined by Dean Henderson, who replaces David de Gea in goal. And there are starts for Eric Bailly and Mason Greenwood, too.
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:18
Callum Rice-Coates3 March 2021 19:15
UNITED & THE PROBLEM WITH ‘BIG SIX’ GAMES
Here’s our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, on why United epitomise the problem with drab ‘big six’ games:
Alex Pattle3 March 2021 19:04
HOW TO WATCH THE GAME
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Alex Pattle3 March 2021 18:54
TEAM NEWS INCOMING
We’ll have the official line-ups for you shortly…
Alex Pattle3 March 2021 18:49
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Crystal Palace vs Manchester United in the Premier League!
Alex Pattle3 March 2021 18:45