Man Utd’s midfield did not show great awareness or desire to defend for that goal, and it was a similar situation against Brentford last time out.

With too much space between the lines, Yoane Wissa was able to drift into this pocket of space untracked (below), to set up Ivan Toney for one of his nine chances.

Palmer loves to occupy these areas and will need to be shackled significantly tighter at the Bridge on Thursday evening.

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Across the last eight matches United have collected 16 points, but their attacking talent and some stellar displays from Andre Onana have covered for some loose off-the-ball work.

Facing an average of 20.6 shots per match, Ten Hag’s side has been opened up regularly, and in a variety of ways.

Chelsea’s Palmer must be one of the front runners to land this season’s PFA Young Player of the Year, consistently delivering goals and assists for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

His nickname “Cold” Palmer is apt, as he is usually ice-cool with his finishing, particularly via a deadly left foot.

United know all about his ability to drift past defenders into goalscoring positions, as he scored a fine solo goal against them earlier on this season.

Eleven of his 13 strikes have been with his left boot, notching once every 141.8 minutes with a conversion rate of 26.5 per cent.

When space opens for Palmer to shoot, he often goes low and hard towards the bottom corner, as shown on the shot placement map below.