Ratings: Pogba back in Palace victory, five debuts made at Old Trafford!

Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the final Premier League match of the season, played at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho gave the youth a should with Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop making their full debuts. Pereira and McTominay had both played already this season, from the bench. United seemed to have the injection needed to put in a great performance, which could have been down to the youth threatening to take first team places next season, which could be the case. United opened the scoring through Josh Harrop, scoring his fourth goal at the Theatre of Dreams this week after his hat-trick for the U23’s on Monday. Paul Pogba was the provider with a sublime pass, with Harrop weaving inside the box to get his shot on target and into the back of the net. United scored their second and final goal just four minutes later through Pogba, who had a goal and an assist today after Jesse Lingard played a perfect pass to him, finding the back of the net and celebrating his goal by thinking of his late father.

United were doing well in the match, but they had done all they needed to do. Pogba and Lingard were hooked off before the end of the first half with Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial playing the second half. Eric Bailly, a big miss for the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday, played well, the same as he had done all season. He seemed to be injured midway through the second half with Matty Willock seemingly making his debut, but he was sent back to his seat with the Ivorian playing on. Angel Gomes, United’s 16-year-old attacking midfielder instead made his debut, meaning a total of six youth players had made their debut this season under Mourinho, the guy who does not play youth. United ended the match by winning 2-0, applauding the fans for their part this season and looking ahead to the UEFA Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday evening. Here are the stats from the match, plus the player ratings:

Goals: Josh Harrop 15′, Paul Pogba 19′

Assists: Paul Pogba 15′, Jesse Lingard 19′

Manchester United: J. Pereira; Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Mitchell; McTominay, Tuanzebe, Pogba (Carrick 45′); Lingard (Martial 45+2′), Rooney (Gomes 88′), Harrop

Substitutes Not Used: O’Hara; Blind; Willock, Dearnley

Bookings: Scott McTominay 48′, Michael Carrick 74′

Manchester United

Joel Castro Pereira

Made his full debut today (after his late substitute appearance against Wigan). Seemed uncomfortable on a corner Beneteke threatened, but seemed more confident as the match went on. Put in a good save from a Palace free-kick. Many will be proud he did the business.


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Back from injury. Put in a good tackle at 0-0 which thwarted a Palace chance. Seemed to be rusty, as he would be not playing for a while. Had a good game though helping Pereira keep his first full clean sheet.


3 Eric Bailly

He will be missed on Wednesday. Bailly has been immense this season. Many had never heard of him when it was announced he had signed for United, but not he is a household name. Played well today and kept Benteke at arms length. Was touch and go finishing the match, but he made it to the end. Fighter.


4 Phil Jones

The England defender did well. Defended solidly and just did not become hampered with the final game of the season. May have done enough to get a starting berth in the final, partnering Daley Blind. Smalling might get the nod ahead of him, but I hope not.


35 Demetri Mitchell

Another full debutant. Did well at left-back, a position where United have struggled this season, especially due to injuries. Did well getting forward and did not let the occasion get to him. You can't win anything with kids, apparently.


39 Scott McTominay

Made his full debut today. Played well with no fear and lots of determination. Booked in the second half, but he recovered well and did what he needed to do.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Fourth appearance for United, third in midfield. He seemed comfortable there today. Seemed to be a player that offered different uses. His development is looking good. Perhaps he may fin himself playing more next season.


6 Paul Pogba

Great to see him back. Set up Harrop's opening, scoring his own, assisted by Lingard just four minutes later. Came off just before the half ended so he was fit and ready for Wednesday.


14 Jesse Lingard

Played well and his early substitution could suggest he will start in Stockholm. Provided a superb assist to Pogba's goal, United's second and final of the match.


Ratings: Pogba back in Palace victory, five debuts made at Old Trafford!

The captain could have scored the opening goal with a lobbed effort from Mitchell's pass, but it was just over the crossbar. It makes me wonder if this was his last competitive Old Trafford appearance.


Ratings: Pogba back in Palace victory, five debuts made at Old Trafford!

After scoring a hat-trick at the Theatre of Dreams on Monday, he continued that feat after Pogba played him a precise pass, weaving inside the box and putting United ahead. Brilliant debut.



16 Michael Carrick

Replaced Pogba. The veteran midfielder came on and did what he needed to do in order to keep United on top of this poor Palace side.


9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Lingard. Not the best appearance he has ever made and it won't do him much good if he doesn't do much better than others in a similar position, especially the youth who have taken their chance today.


28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Rooney. The youngest player since Duncan Edwards to play for United. He was unfazed and got stuck in. Great to see him get rewarded. This will keep his eye on the prize.


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