Manchester United v Crystal Palace - story of the match

Jun 02, 2017, 02:07
Manchester United v Crystal Palace - story of the match

In the final game of the Premier League season, Manchester United ran to a comfortable victory against Crystal Palace in the final game of the season, with manager José Mourinho naming a heavily changed lineup with the Europa League final in mind.

At the end of a season in which Jose Mourinho's United have won the EFL Cup and come sixth in the Premier League, Wednesday's match is being billed as make-or-break for their 2016-17.

"It's a defining moment in our season - we need to make sure we win".

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"We want to play European football, hopefully it is Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursday's, but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse to try to win the title".

A good half for Mourinho ended in worrying fashion, however, when Eric Bailly - who is suspended for the Europa League final - made a full-blooded challenge on Zaha as he threatened the United goal and immediately fell to the ground clutching his knee.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho lashed out at critics in his programme notes before the game with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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Around 100,000 fans are expected to pack Museumplein on Wednesday night to follow the match on giant screens broadcasting live from Sweden.

And in his programme notes ahead of Crystal Palace's visit to Old Trafford, Mourinho - who is set to again rest his key players - has taken aim at pundits who disagree with his assessment.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, MLS opposition in the United States and an encounter with Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo are already in Man Utd's schedule. I think lots of them together, no.

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Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck scored for Arsene Wenger's side, ending United's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four.

The 21-year-old's superb early strike, which he fired home having latched on to an excellent Paul Pogba ball down the left, was the highlight of a very eye-catching individual performance from Harrop, in which he looked full of confidence. "I am always open to learning".

"The manager had a conversation and told me I was going to be an important player if I do what he wanted me to do", he added.

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The 16-year-old Gomes became the youngest debutant since Duncan Edwards and the first millennial to appear in the top-flight, and Harrop stated that Sunday's clash is a big day for the club's academy.

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