Cape Town - Crystal Palace will look to claim a first-ever
win over Manchester United when they clash at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.
The Eagles have started to pull away from the relegation
zone over recent weeks, but their impressive run will be tested by the Red
Palace are unbeaten in four, winning two and drawing two, in
the league and they recently booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
But they have never beaten United in the Premier League,
drawing four and losing 15, a competition record for the most matches versus a
single opponent without winning.
Indeed, you have to go all the way back to May 1991 - 21
games - for the last time Palace picked up a league victory over United.
Roy Hodgson could be facing a crisis at the back after
confirming the absence of Mamadou Sakho due to the knee injury he sustained in
the win over Leicester.
Fellow defenders Martin Kelly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also
doubts but will be assessed closer to kick off.
United are yet to taste defeat in the league under Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer, having lost just once in 14 games across all competitions.
They have tightened up defensively under the Norwegian,
keeping an unrivaled five clean sheets, but injuries could hinder them at
Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford
all sustained injuries in the goalless draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
Rashford could potentially be given the green light to play
but will need to pass a late fitness check on his ankle.
Solskjaer also looks set to be without Anthony Martial, Phil
Jones, Nemanja Matic, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia.
Marcos Rojo has returned to training following an
unspecified knock and could be involved in the matchday squad.
Palace are hoping to avoid defeat in both league meetings in
a single season for the first time since 1989-90.