Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park eight games unbeaten after impressing in their victory against Tottenham last weekend and manager Jose Mourinho, who took over the Old Trafford managerial reigns in the summer, is someone the Palace boss, Alan Pardew, admires in the game.
"Jose is a big manager of a big football club and and knows how to deal with clubs of that stature, knows how to work the media and his players. He's a clever man and he is starting to get a good team together, we know they have some great individual players. He would be happier with more points, as we would be, but we are both where we are and so they are fighting to get back into the top area of the league.
"We have analysed the last few games, he doesn't really give a lot away. They are still very compact his teams, defensively, and of course has great man management of games. If there is one thing you have to say about Jose it is that he has no equal of being someone that is able to manage a leading position in games. That is something that I always think about his sides, they have conceded some late goals prior to last weekend but they managed to see it out in that game."
United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has netted seven times in as many matches and is picked out by many as the one to watch but someone that Pardew gave special mention to at his pre-match conference was Wayne Rooney.
"With Rooney I tend to think if you’re on the opposite side you don’t want to see him on the team sheet. He’s a great player,’ said the Eagles boss as he looks ahead to the meeting with the Red Devils.