Louis van Gaal and Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is likely to get his second start as the Manchester United skipper continues his comeback from injuryGetty

Manchester United will face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday (20 April) as they continue their quest to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT. Live updates during the match will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

Manchester United continue their quest to finish in the top four of the Premier League as they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Wednesday (20 April) and will be boosted by Manchester City's draw against Newcastle United on Tuesday (19 April). They can close the gap to within one point to Arsenal in fourth, who play on Thursday (21 April), and two points to the Etihad Stadium outfit with a win over Alan Pardew's men.

Louis van Gaal has no new fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and the manager has indicated that he is unlikely to rest any players due to their upcoming FA Cup semi-final clash against Everton at Wembley on Saturday (23 April).

Crystal Palace also have a FA Cup semi-final to worry about, as they face Watford on Sunday (24 April) but Pardew has made it clear that he will not field an under-strength team as he is keen to maintain the momentum built by his team in recent weeks. The Eagles salvaged a late draw in their previous clash against Arsenal and have now gone four games unbeaten following their midseason slump, which saw them drop into the relegation battle.

What managers say

Louis van Gaal: "This game against Crystal Palace is very important. We have to win, we need to win, so it's much more important to win this game than, for example, for Arsenal of Manchester City. They have that gap of four points for us. It's too important to rotate because rotation or freshness for the semi-final? No, we have to win."

Alan Pardew: "I don't think anyone will look at our side and worry about us putting an understrength team out when they see the team sheet. It's been a long time since we have got momentum and I think that is more important than rest. So I want to keep the momentum of this team. Certainly to the end of the season."

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Manchester United to win: 4/9
  • Draw: 10/3
  • Crystal Palace to win: 13/2

Team news

Manchester United

Possible XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Mata, Fellaini, Rooney, Depay, Rashford.

Crystal Palace

Possible XI: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, Jedinak, Puncheon, Bolasie, Ledley, Wickham.