Manchester United XI vs Crystal Palace: Predicted line-ups, confirmed team news and latest injuries

Erik ten Hag could be tempted to bring the winger back into the XI and make an immediate debut for new loanee Marcel Sabitzer if he can be registered in time.

Midfielder Sabitzer missed the midweek win over Nottingham Forest while awaiting his visa and the club have confirmed he is still waiting for his paperwork to be completed before welcoming Palace to Old Trafford.

Fred is likely to line up alongside Casemiro if the Austrian is unavailable as Christian Eriksen is scheduled for three months with an ankle injury.

Scott McTominay is expected shortly after a short stint on the sidelines but Donny van de Beek remains absent. Jack Butland is not eligible to face his parent club.

Ten Hag will provide an update on the state of his squad at Friday’s press conference with Diogo Dalot back in training as he nears a comeback.

A key decision for the manager comes in attack as he considers how to gradually implement the return of Anthony Martial and Sancho after their substitute appearances against Forest marked long spell returns.

On Sancho, Ten Hag told reporters after Wednesday’s game: “I think it was great, the reception of the fans towards him, and also it will give him even more impetus to continue in the way he acts. now he’s just started again, On the restart he’s back at Carrington for two weeks, we see that smile and hopefully he can keep it and contribute to the team.

“He has very high standards, great abilities to contribute to our team, especially now that the team is improving, we are playing more in the opposing half, his abilities come more in front and come more, he can have more touches on the ball is what his game gives the best performance, the best platform to perform.”

Predicts Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Anthony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst.

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