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20/02/2014 12:53, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Palace v United

a 2-0 win.

Sub-plot: The Reds have played in London four times this season, but after beating Fulham in November the last three visits have resulted in two draws and a defeat. However, Selhurst Park is a fairly happy hunting ground for United, leaving unbeaten in all but eight of 30 trips to the south London stadium, including when Wimbledon shared the ground in the 1990s.

The manager: Tony Pulis left Stoke City following the end of last season after eight years at the club, during which time he helped establish the Potters in the Premier League, took them to the FA Cup final and to the last 32 of the Europa League. Palace installed the Welshman in succession to Ian Holloway after a disastrous start to the season, and while it's far from mission accomplished, they are in much better shape than when he took over.

Star man: Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is Palace's top scorer with six goals this season, while winger Yannick Bolasie has been in decent form and was linked with a move abroad during the recent transfer window. The impact of both Ince and Ledley since their arrivals makes it highly likely that both will feature on Saturday evening.

Quote/unquote: "This is one of the stellar games. They are a great football club that had been dominated and run by probably the greatest manager in English football history. The changeover was always going to be difficult. There was never any doubt in my mind about that. But David Moyes is the right man. They have got to be patient and they will be. United are a class football club." - Tony Pulis

Whistle-blower: This will be the fourth time Michael Oliver has officiated a United match this season. The Northumberland-based referee was in charge for the defeat to West Brom and the wins over Arsenal and Hull, but during the latter he

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