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Preview: Manchester United v Crystal Palace

PUBLISHED

09:52 21st May 2017


INTRO

Palace complete their season with a trip to Old Trafford for Premier League match 38 of the season against Manchester United, a club who have a Europa Cup Final on Wednesday at the forefront of their minds. 

United will complete the season with a sixth place finish in the League looking to gain their Champions League spot through coming out of that midweek final as winners.

Sam Allardyce goes into the game with a view on ending the campaign on a winning note with an opportunity of a mid-table finish on the cards and he has already said that his team will have a familiar look to it even though the club's Premier League status has been confirmed.

OPPOSITION VIEW

The United boss looking at the game in the knowledge that he will not be playing his first choice starting eleven. 

Jose Mourinho:  "I hope Big Sam shows he's a good friend and he goes slow.

"I hope he tells Wilfried Zaha to go slow and leaves Christian Benteke at home. I hope he goes soft on us."

Jose Mourinho

TEAM NEWS: 

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Manchester United : Jose Mourinho will make a number of changes to his starting eleven for this game because of the Europa Cup Final in midweek. Goalkeeper Joel Pereira is expected to be given his Premier League debut while 

Demi Mitchell, Angel Gomes, Josh Harrop and Scott McTominay could make their senior debuts and it has been confirmed that Paul Pogba will play.

Palace: Andros Townsend is out of the game with an Achilles injury whilst a late decision will be made on the fitness of Yohan Cabaye but it is likely that James Tomkins will be passed fit for the game. 

HEAD TO HEAD

Man Utd winsDrawsCrystal Palace wins
League2586
FA Cup320
League Cup501
Totals33107

STATS

Crystal Palace's most recent win at Old Trafford came in a League Cup quarter-final tie in November 2011.
 
This will be Jose Mourinho's 250th PL match as a manager, making him the 22nd person to achieve this feat.

Striker Christian Benteke has scored in his last two Premier League trips to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are unbeaten in 16 home league matches.

Crystal Palace have won four of their last seven Premier League away games. 

OFFICIALS
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This season Anthony Taylor has taken charge of 39 games and shown 157 yellow cards and 4 red. 

Taylor last took charge of United in their win at Burnley and was in the middle for the Eagles home game against Everton in January.  

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: G Beswick, M Perry
Fourth official: M Jones

LAST MEETING AT OLD TRAFFORD 

20th April 2016
Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

A much-changed Palace side couldn’t end their Old Trafford Premier League disappointing run as Manchester United ran out victors by a 2-0 scoreline.

An early Damien Delaney own goal gave the Red Devils the lead at the break and they doubled their advantage through a fine strike from Matteo Darmian after the restart to clinch their seventh straight win against the Eagles on their own turf in this division.

TICKETS

Tickets for this match are now sold out. 
 
TRAVEL

Club coach travel for this game is now sold out. 

MESSAGE TO VISITING FANS

Please note anti-social behaviour from supporters will not be tolerated. The use of flares and pyrotechnics is strictly forbidden, anyone found in possession will be ejected and subject to prosecution

LIVE COVERAGE

Live commentary of the whole game at the Old Trafford will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our official app - click here for more information.