Manchester United's team against Crystal Palace has proved to the Premier League game



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Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford checked in at The Lowry Hotel as Manchester United continued to prepare for the Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from after Martial, Pogba, Lukaku and Rashford have recovered from their respective injuries this week.

Martial remained in Manchester after suffering a muscle injury in the defeat of Manchester to City, having been summoned to the French national team. Lukaku also worked on recovering from a leg tendon injury in Antwerp, Belgium, when he was left out of the League of Nations with Iceland and Switzerland. Pogba is fit again after losing City's match.

Marouane Fellaini also remained in England, despite having played 90 minutes in the classic and is scheduled to start against the Palace at Old Trafford. Suspended Shaw is the only player unavailable to United's 23 players after accumulating five yellow cards.

"Martial stayed with us, he was not for the national team," explained Mourinho. "The national team was aware of their problems and with his permission he stayed, he worked very hard at it. I like to call this a pre-injury because problems in the pubis area and the muscles around, they are a dangerous situation and he was in a pre-injury situation.

"He worked very hard with the team, he is ready for tomorrow, he plays for tomorrow, he is ready to accumulate matches and, for example, play three in a row in the same week? I'm not sure, but the most important match is the next and the next is tomorrow, and Anthony will play tomorrow, the same with Fellaini.

"Fellaini also stayed, no national team, they also let him stay, despite playing 90 minutes against Manchester City. But he stayed and he really needed to stay and prepare better after an injury he had before.

"So Marouane is good too, and the boys in the national team, Rashford came with a little problem [picked up in England’s Nations League win over Croatia] but it's ready, Lukaku is ready, I'd say ready with a little risk, but that's it.

"And Paul knew that with this interval he would recover from that minor muscle injury, so we do not have any players that I can say are out of the game tomorrow, we have a huge group of 23 to choose for tomorrow."

Antonio Valencia is in contention to make his first appearance at United in more than seven weeks, with Luke Shaw unavailable due to suspension. Valencia have not been selected for a squad since the Champions League goalless draw with Valencia on 2 October.

The captain of Club Valencia liked a post on the Instagram that called for Mourinho's expulsion after the game in Valencia and, despite having suffered injury problems in the last two months, the 33-year-old admitted that his prolonged absence is due mainly to tactical decisions. Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay were not among the team members who arrived at The Lowry, according to the photographers.

Valencia, Rashford, Bailly, Jesse Lingard, David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Alexis Sánchez were the only United players to have appeared in their national teams during the last international matches.

The palace visits Old Trafford on Saturday in what is the first of eight league games for United between now and the end of the year. United travel to Southampton next week ahead of home games against Arsenal and Fulham, as well as trips to Liverpool and Cardiff before Christmas.

The host of United Huddersfield on Boxing Day and then Bournemouth on December 30. Mourinho has already said he expects United to be in a "completely different position" at the turn of the year and reiterated his belief that United will return to the top four.

"I know, I know it's a big gap," admitted Mourinho. "But I also know that by the end of December, if not wrong, we have eight Premier League matches played, and eight Premier League games we are talking about 24 points, 24 points to fight, for the other four in the first four to fight also.

"But I think we'll be there."

Five of United's next eight games are at home, but Mourinho insists the fans can not do more to motivate the players.

"The fans can not do more than what they are doing," added Mourinho. "We went through a difficult period of results and the fans were fantastic.

"They support the team and in some matches they even push the team to different levels from where we were at the time and we can not ask for more of them.

"It is [up] for us to give them and make them go to an even better level, it is for us. "

Confirmed members of United's team

David de Gea, Sérgio Romero, Lee Grant, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Paulo Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford Anthony Martial Romelu Lukaku Alexis Sanchez

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