Confirmed Starting XI: Greenwood starts; Garner and Gomes on the bench against Cardiff City

Manchester United take on already-relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford in the final Premier League match of the season this afternoon. It will be a match that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants and needs to win. It will only end what has turned into a terrible season with a bit of good feeling. United should be much better than this, but the fact is, they are poor.

The only races in the Premier League on the final day will be between Manchester City and Liverpool for the title and between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal to finish inside the top four. United could, of course, finish fifth in the league this season with a win over Cardiff, however, Arsenal will need to draw or lose against Burnley for that to happen.

Solskjaer has had many of the younger players training in the first team this week, presumably giving most a taster of what is to come. James Garner, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are all included in the squad for this final match of the season. Garner, Gomes and Greenwood were all pictured arriving at Old Trafford ahead of the match.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Young;

Pereira, McTominay, Pogba;

Greenwood, Rashford, Lingard


Romero; Valencia; Mata; Fred, Garner, Gomes; Martial

United has a very poor record heading into the final match of the season. One win, two draws and three defeats in the last six matches. Four goals scored, 12 goals conceded, no clean sheets and a squad which (largely) seems out of touch with reality. Form is temporary and class is permanent but there is a big job ahead to bring any class back.

Cardiff City saw themselves relegated to the Championship last weekend after a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace. It was a poor season for the Welsh side and it will mean that no Welsh sides will play a part in the Premier League for the first time since the 2011/12 season (Swansea City). Cardiff has scored four goals, conceded 10 with one clean sheet in six matches.

Manchester United and Cardiff City have played 30 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 15 victories, drawing eight and losing just seven times. United are unbeaten against Cardiff in their last eight matches, going back to 1961. United beat Cardiff 5-1 earlier in the season, Solskjaer’s first match as manager.

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