Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Manchester United will be looking to win the Europa League spot next season as they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the 2021-22 Premier League’s final matchday, on Sunday.

The Red Devils are currently sixth, only two points clear of West Ham, who will look to pip United to the final Europa League spot.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace, currently 13th, come into the tie after a 3-2 defeat at Everton, while United last suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick will hope to sign off on a positive note as his side travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday. Manchester United were taken to the cleaners in their latest outing by Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls thrashed the Red Devils 4-0 at the AMEX, much to the frustration of United fans who had thought they’d seen it all.

Erik ten Hag has started his job as Manchester United manager but will not be in charge of the game against the Eagles. With Rangnick admitting that several senior players have picked up knocks, we could see a raft of Manchester United youngsters feature on Sunday.

Manchester United have lost all of their last five Premier League away matches, and Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their previous five home games. It has been a forgettable season for United on all fronts, and the end of the season can’t come soon enough for them.

Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira’s side squandered a 2-0 lead against Everton in midweek to lose the game 3-2. But Palace could yet make one last push to finish inside the top half of the Premier League table with a win over this underperforming Manchester United side.

Team News:

Crystal Palace: Palace are expected to be missing Marc Guehi on Sunday due to the ankle injury that the defender picked up against Everton, while Nathan Ferguson and Michael Olise will also be absent.

James Tomkins and James McArthur are also major doubts, so Cheikhou Kouyate could be pressed into action in the middle of the defence, while there are also expected to be changes in midfield, with Conor Gallagher and Luka Milivojevic, set to start.

Manchester United: As for Man United, Rangnick said during his press conference that there would be “quite a few missing” this weekend, naming Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones are likely absentees.

Luke Shaw has been back in training after recovering from a leg operation, but the defender’s wife has just given birth, so he is a major doubt, while youngster Alejandro Garnacho has been unwell and will therefore face a late fitness test.

Crystal Palace’s possible starting lineup:

Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Kouyate, Mitchell; Gallagher, Milivojevic, Eze; Ayew, Mateta, Zaha

Manchester United’s possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Telles; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Elanga, Ronaldo, Rashford