We are effectively playing four games in 12 days of Premier League standard.

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What they said

Louis van Gaal:”This game against Crystal Palace is very important. I don’t believe in that.”


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Alan Pardew: “I don’t think anyone will look at our side and worry about us putting an under-strength team out when they see the team sheet.

“It is too important to rotate for freshness for the semi-final.”

“One or two changes I will definitely do just to increase the energy. I am not going to change my team completely. Substitutes: McCarthy, Dreher, McArthur, Mutch, Puncheon, Campbell, Wickham.

Palace starting XI: Speroni; Kelly, Mariappa, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, Cabaye, Lee; Zaha, Sako; Adebayor.

Manchester United closed the gap on Arsenal to just one point in the Premier League top four race as they beatCrystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Team news

United starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Substitutes: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis.

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“We need to be strong and keep focused. We have to win, we need to win, otherwise we cannot close the gap [to fourth].