Crystal Palace have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s latest encounter, with Juan Mata their tormentor last season.
Yohan Cabaye is a doubt for Palace with the knock that kept him out of the Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester City in midweek.
Marouane Chamakh, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare have returned to training but are not expected to be involved.
United, meanwhile, will be without Memphis Depay and James Wilson, who were both injured against Middlesbrough in midweek.
Antonio Valencia is also out having injured his foot in the Manchester derby last weekend, with Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair long-term absentees for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Ashley Young, however, is closing on a return.
- Crystal Palace have never won a Premier League game against Manchester United, drawing two and losing 10 (including each of the last four).
- Of current PL teams, Crystal Palace’s total of 12 games without ever winning against Man Utd is the joint-longest 0% win rate against a single opponent in the division (level with Palace v Southampton).
- Indeed, Palace last tasted victory against Manchester United in league competition back in May 1991; courtesy of a 3-0 home win on the last day of the season.
- Manchester United have failed to find the back of the net on just one of their six PL visits to Selhurst Park to play Palace, netting 10 goals in total.
- The Eagles have managed a total of just one goal in their last five top-tier clashes with the Red Devils and have failed to score in nine of the 12 PL clashes overall.
- Spanish schemer Juan Mata scored in both of Manchester United’s Premier League games against Crystal Palace last season.
- Crystal Palace have lost four of their last six Premier League games, netting a total of just four goals in the process.
- Louis van Gaal’s charges have lost just one of their last six league games (W4 D1 L1), keeping three clean sheets in the process.
- At Selhurst Park, the hosts have alternated between a loss and a win in their last seven games; they’ll need to win against Manchester United to extend the sequence.
- Three of the four goals that Palace have scored in their last six Premier League games have been a Yohan Cabaye penalty.