Manchester United have returned from their mid-season warm-weather break to Dubai, and beleaguered manager David Moyes will be hoping that his under-fire squad feel refreshed and motivated ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
It’s a week-and-a-half since the Red Devils played out a tepid 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium - and a fortnight since the calamitous 2-2 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford.
Now Moyes’ men look to bounce back from recent disappointments by securing all three points against the Eagles ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial Champions League last-16 first leg against Olympiakos.
But how will Moyes line his side up?
Well, first and foremost, it’s expected that Adnan Januzaj will make his first start since January’s League Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland, replacing Ashley Young.
That could mean that, for the first time, Moyes starts Januzaj, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and the club’s record signing Juan Mata from the beginning of a match.
The United boss may also opt to play the fit-again Belgium international Marouane Fellaini for the first time since early December, alongside Michael Carrick, in midfield.
It’s not clear whether Rafael and Phil Jones have recovered from their respective injuries, but both could start in defence alongside Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra - although Rio Ferdinand is also in contention to start following his impressive second-half display against the Gunners.
Manchester United: Predicted XI to face Crystal Palace:
De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Fellaini, Carrick; Mata, Januzaj; Rooney; Van Persie.
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