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Team News: Pereira, Harrop, Mitchell and McTominay make full debuts against Palace

Manchester United will face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon, the final league match of the season. United are destined to finish sixth, not able to move up or down, meaning that this, much like the Southampton match, is a dead rubber – another match to get through before the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday in Stockholm. Jose Mourinho has stated that he will give youth a chance with many of them in training on Friday with three or four first team players involved in the match against Sam Allardyce’s side. United will just want to get through this match unscathed, meaning they have the strongest possible side to field against Ajax, injuries aside. Palace may give United a match, but Allardyce could use youth also, meaning it could be a well-balanced match at the Theatre of Dreams.

Manchester United:

J. Pereira;

Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Mitchell;

McTominay, Tuanzebe, Pogba;

Lingard, Rooney, Harrop

Substitutes:

O’Hara; Blind; Carrick, Willock, Dearnley, Gomes; Martial

Crystal Palace:

Hennessey;

Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp;

McArthur, Milivojevic;

Zaha, Puncheon, Van Aanholt;

Benteke

Substitutes:

Speroni; Dann, Wan-Bissaka; Lee, Kaikai, Sakho; Campbell

Manchester United and Crystal Palace has a fifty match history dating back to the first match between the two sides, a 2-1 victory to United which was played on the 26th August 1922. Of the 50 matches played, United have won 33 times, drawn 10 matches and lost just seven. The last defeat to Palace goes back to 2011 when United lost 2-1 in the League Cup, a match which saw Wilfried Zaha catch Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye. United’s longest unbeaten run against Palace stretches 13 matches from the 3-1 victory on the 30th November 1991 to the 0-0 draw on the 5th March 2005. United lost the next match almost six years later. Since that defeat, the seventh in the club’s history, United and Palace have played eight matches, United winning seven and drawing once. Jose Mourinho will be looking to keep that record running and ensure the last game at Old Trafford is a win for Manchester United, which is only the right thing to be aiming for. The fact he is trusting youth to get that result shows how much he values the club and their history.

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