Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer begin 2020-21 only thirty three days since the Europa League KO brought down the curtain on 2019-20.
All matches in Britain will be played behind closed doors until further notice due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. There's a chance fans might be allowed back, in limited number, from 1 October, but this is subject to restrictions at the time.
United were given an extra week's rest due to those European commitments and managed to squeeze in a friendly with Aston Villa, giving a mixture of fringe players, first teamers and reserve squad members a run out last Sunday.
Solskjaer said: "We go into the new season with confidence from the way we finished the last one. We showed what we're capable of, we need to keep developing and showing our potential. We need more consistency but I think with another year we should be getting that. This group can go as far as they want."
On de Beek, the boss added: "He's a smashing boy, great personality, he's come in with loads of energy, a big smile and you're likely to see him. I'm not going to name the team, today, of course, but Donny will be involved. He's a very good player and he will give us something special, something different.
"Fans will always want the best possible team to watch, the best possible Man Utd side. That's the passion we want. We want to go into the season with confidence but we're always looking to give the squad a boost. We're working on it (bringing in more signings)."
United's home tie with Palace will kick off at 5.30pm and is live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.