Jeffrey Schlupp, a key member of Roy Hodgson’s squad that has been missing since early January, will be down again before Wednesday, while Wilfried Zaha’s return to training will be a plus for everyone.
After a drastic drop in form, Palace returned to base and kept things tight against Brighton and Fulham, snatching a victory on the south coast before a goalless draw against Scott Parker’s team.
With United, Selhurst Park visitors tonight, there will be no push from Hodgson to remove the handbrake, but doing more on the front foot is a growing priority.
“Brighton and Fulham have pushed us and we haven’t triggered the attacking play we’d like,” Hodgson said. “We haven’t done well enough, but it’s a merit for them.
“No doubt the returning players will help us in this area. Sometimes, you go through a period where it just didn’t freeze: at the beginning of the season it was the defensive area, now it’s at the highest level.”
“I’m pretty optimistic that we have more than enough to finish the season and see each other in this ninth season in the Premier League.”
Crystal Palace predicted XI (4-3-3): Look; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze; Townsend, Mateta, Ayew
Wednesday 8:15 p.m., Sky Sports
Crystal Palace Squadron of: Guaita, Butland, Henderson, Van Aanholt, Hannam, Dann, Cahill, Ward, Kelly, Kouyate, Townsend, Riedewald, Eze, Schlupp, Ayew, Benteke, Batshuayi, Mateta, Wickham
List of injuries: Ferguson (knee), Hennessey (thigh), Tomkins (eye), Zaha (hamstring), McArthur, Clyne, Mitchell