United have won seven out of seven across all competitions since the World Cup break, while Crystal Palace will be looking for a second triumph since the mid-season hiatus, having been victorious in just one of five outings. That win came at Bournemouth for the Londoners, but before the pause, Vieira’s side had lost just twice in 90 minutes across their eight matches leading up to the winter tournament.
Palace versus United is a fixture with a fair amount of history – both in the Premier League and the domestic cups – and the sides have met a total of 61 times down the years. The Reds have 39 wins to the Eagles’ 10 in the contest (12 draws), but in recent times, it would be fair to say that fortunes have been shared. Since the 2018/19 season, each have won on three occasions, with two further meetings drawn. In 2021/22’s league encounters, the Reds triumphed 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a late Fred winner, before the Londoners were victorious by the same scoreline on the final day of the campaign, at Selhurst Park.