United should be heading to Selhurst Park with only one thing in mind – to win. They have to be very careful though as even with 13 injured players, Crystal Palace are desperate to avoid relegation and still have hopes to do so.
Mourinho will have to decide if he uses the usual starting line-up or if he needs to rest some of the team regulars for the Liverpool and Sevilla games which follow this Monday’s clash. Fortunately, that will not be a problem even with 6 injured.
The Portuguese boss has already found solutions to fill in the gaps as, the vast majority of the injured players have been unavailable for quite some time and will continue doing so for at least a couple of weeks as follows:
Marcos Rojo – Knock – out since the 16th of December. He is expected to return on the middle of this month. There’s a very small chance of him becoming a constant presence in Mourinho’s squad as the knee problems he had this year kept him on the bench for a really long time.
Ander Herrera – Hamstring Injury – out since late February, the Spaniard has no return date set.
Phil Jones – Knock – his 8th injury in just over 12 months. He has no return date set but it’s pretty safe to say he will be featured in the squad as soon as he becomes available.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Knee Injury – quite possible, the ligament injury he suffered will end his United career. There’s a very small chance he will play again this season and all at the club are certainly pulling for the popular Swede.
Daley Blind – Ankle Injury – out since January. Blind has no return date set but just as Jones, he is likely to be featured in the starting eleven as soon as he gets fit.
Marouane Fellaini – Knee Ligament Injury – out since the end of January with hopes of returning on the 31st of March. Rumors have it he may leave for good at the end of the season.
Crystal Palace are in clear disadvantage when it comes to player availability with a massive number of players made unavailable by injury:
Connor Wickham – Knee Ligament Injury – out since November. No return date set.
Jason Puncheon – Knee Ligament Injury – out since the 31st of December. No return date set.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Ankle Injury – out since late December. No return date set.
Scott Dann – Knee Ligament Injury – out since December. No return date set.
Bakary Sako – Broken Ankle – out since the 30th of January. No return date set.
Jeff Schlupp – Knee Ligament Injury – out since the beginning of January. No return date set.
Julian Speroni – Knee Injury – out since early February. No return date set.
Wilfried Zaaha – Knee Injury – out since early February. No return date set.
Mamadou Sakho – Calf Strain – out since early February. No return date set.
Martin Kelly – Hamstring Injury – picked up on the 4th of February. He is expected to at least be on the bench for tonight’s game.
Yohan Cabaye – Adductor Muscle Strain – picked up on the 22nd of February. He is expected to return in under a week from today.
James Tomkins – Muscle Cramps – expected to return against United. Not sure he will play the whole 90 minutes.
Joel Ward – Muscle Injury – out since the 13th of February. He is expected to return in a week’s worth of time.
Even though Crystal Palace’s situation is more than complicated, United should stay focused and use this game as a boost for what is to come. They should get the win and hopefully stay away from injury as the Liverpool clash is looming large and will probably decide where United finish at the end of this Premier League campaign.