Crystal Palace-Manchester United Preview
By TOM BENNETT
STATS European Football Writer
(AP) -- Manchester United will be looking for a return to winning ways as they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday.
David Moyes' United (1-1-1) have not tasted victory since the opening weekend, drawing 0-0 with Chelsea and losing 1-0 to Liverpool ahead of the break for international fixtures. However, the Red Devils will be able to call on last-minute signing Marouane Fellaini for Palace's visit.
"He's a very good footballer and a good technician," said Moyes of Fellaini, whom he coached the previous five seasons at Everton. "He has the ability to score goals and play in several different positions in the midfield. I think that's an area where everybody felt we could do with strengthening. He'll give us different options in different games in terms of where we can use him.
"He's still young and improving. For me, he's been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the last few seasons. If he can join a club like Manchester United and continue to improve hopefully we'll have a real good player on our hands."
Crystal Palace (1-0-2) picked up their first points of the season last time out, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Sunderland. Ian Holloway's side is many pundits' favourites for the drop, but the Palace boss is targeting a shock win that would see his underdogs jump ahead of the Premier League Champions in the table.
"I'll be a lot happier if I'm two points ahead of them," said Holloway at his Thursday press conference. "There's a lot of changes there but I'll be looking to come away with the points. David's a fantastic manager. Good luck to him, but not this weekend. I hope he leaves a good mark on Man United by I'm more concerned about my team.
"It's about your preparation, and ours has been fantastic at this football club. We have to give our players clarity and the more they know it, it will be easier for them to do it and how to do it. Let's enjoy it. I'm excited by all these games, but it's just another game."
Manchester United have injury worries over Phil Jones (ankle), Wayne Rooney (head), Rafael (hamstring) and Darren Fletcher (bowel). Crystal Palace have doubts over Jonathan Williams (ankle), Jack Hunt (ankle), Jonathan Parr (ankle), Paddy McCarthy (groin), Lewis Price (knock), Yannick Bolasie (hamstring), Jerome Thomas (ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee).
This will be the first league meeting between the clubs since March 2005. However, Palace did knock United out of the League Cup in 2011 with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford. That victory was one of just three in 22 trips to the Theatre of Dreams for Palace.
United have won the last six on the ground by an aggregate score of 14-2.
Updated September 12, 2013