"The only thing we can do is put on pressure, to make them feel that we are there and we are not going to drop points but win and win and win".
Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and his replacement Jesse Lingard have all been ruled out of the Palace clash with hamstring injuries, joining Nemanja Matic (muscle problem) on the casualty list just prior to the Liverpool encounter.
After 10 months on the sidelines watching his team-mates excel, the 25-year-old is edging closer to a first-team return. "I want to see it on their faces they want to win the title and I hope that after I will be able to tell you I saw something special".
United's youngsters are set to train with the first team at Carrington, meaning others will also be handed the chance to impress and earn a place in the travelling party.
Despite having scaled new heights at the Etihad Stadium over the past couple of season in particular, turning occasional eye-catching displays into consistently excellent performances, it has been argued that Sterling's talent is still not fully appreciated outside of the club.
"It's a chance for them to play to their potential", he said.
But ex-United winger Willie Morgan believes the Norwegian will need to do plenty of work in the summer revamping the group of players at Old Trafford - if he gets the job permanently.
'They link up well together so this might be a chance for them two together to find some form and give us a selection headache for when everyone gets fit again.
"McTominay was the obvious choice against Liverpool because he's an academy kid". You look more to the time it needs sometimes to settle.
"I can understand why, when you go to a World Cup and see the teams you play, the physicality might take over in terms of your preparation". 'I'm sure Angel, he's been successful with England Under-17s, there with [Jadon] Sancho, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and [Phil] Foden.