A repetition of the Carabao Cup beckons when Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday.
United were 3-0 winners over Palace in midweek when the two teams met in the third round of the Carabao Cup tie.
Alejandro Garnacho, Casemiro and Anthony Martial were all on the scoresheet at Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag’s side made it back-to-back wins across all competitions having beaten Burnley the weekend before.
Erik ten Hag believes his team is improving and that there is “still a lot to come” from them as they prepare for the second of four consecutive home games in all competitions, beginning with a match against Palace on Saturday, followed by a Champions League clash with Galatasaray and a top-flight clash with Brentford.
Man United, who sit eighth in the Premier League table and five points behind the top four, will be looking to rebuild a solid run of form at Old Trafford after having their 31-game undefeated home run in all competitions ended two weeks ago by Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Red Devils may be confident of repeating their midweek morale-boosting victory over Palace on Saturday, having won 13 of their last 16 top-flight home encounters with the Eagles.
Crystal Palace made a solid start to the new season, collecting seven points from their first four Premier League games and scoring four goals against Plymouth Argyle to advance from the EFL Cup second round.
However, Roy Hodgson’s team have now lost their past three games in all competitions, including a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa and a goalless draw at home to Fulham, before being eliminated from the EFL Cup third round by Manchester United on Tuesday.
The Eagles have had recent success at Old Trafford under Hodgson, with a hard-fought goalless draw in November 2018, followed by a 2-1 win in August 2019 and a 3-1 victory in November 2020; Palace have since been beaten by one-goal margins in their last two visits, including a 2-1 loss to the Red Devils in February.