Jones set to return for Palace clash

Manchester United’s top four challenge restarts after a break of ten days with a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

The Premier League champions, who have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, may welcome back Phil Jones after the defender recovered from the concussion that has kept him out of the last two weeks, though Nani and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.

Manager David Moyes may select his side with one eye on Tuesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen first leg against Olympiakos, with the competition arguably presenting the Scot a better chance of them winning some silverware this season.

United will rise up to sixth place if they take all three points, and Everton lose at Chelsea earlier in the day while they will close the gap between themselves and fourth place Liverpool to eight points, with Brendan Rodgers’ side not playing until they host Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney secured all three points for United when the sides met at Old Trafford, while the pair’s last meeting at Selhurst Park ended goalless back in March 2005.