See: Iraola named Barclays Manager of the Month

Neither side will be happy with their league position or form ahead of this encounter at Stamford Bridge, with United sitting sixth and Chelsea 12th, but each has enough forward talent to hurt the opposition defence.

Palmer, with seven direct goal involvements in his last four outings in all competitions, is sure to relish the opportunity to make hay against a Man Utd side that are producing a low standard of work, when out of possession.

The nominees for March 2024’s Barclays Manager of the Month award have been revealed.

Voting was open until 12:00 BST on Monday 8 April for you, the fans, to vote for your favourite out of Mikel Arteta, Andoni Iraola, Jurgen Klopp and Ange Postecoglou.

The fans’ votes will be combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the winner, who will be revealed the week after the shortlist is announced.

See: Iraola named Barclays Manager of the Month

Beginning the month with a dazzling 6-0 win at Sheffield United, Arteta’s side followed that up with a 2-1 success at home to Brentford to go top of the Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day. They then produced a fantastic defensive display to hold title rivals Manchester City to a goalless draw.

Alex Keble analyses Manchester City’s emphatic 4-1 win against Aston Villa that keeps the pressure on title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.

It briefly threatened to be an awkward night for Man City after heavy rotation in both sides created a subdued and occasionally disjointed match at the Etihad Stadium.