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Preview: Manchester United v Crystal Palace

21 May 2017


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.


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."


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. 


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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. 


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


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 for this match are now sold out. 

Club coach travel for this game is now sold out. 


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 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.

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Match Reports

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

21 May 2017

Two first half goals in the space of four minutes saw Palace’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign end in defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Having survived relegation the week before, Sam Allardyce and his players can still feel pleased with their efforts in the second half of the season, ultimately rendering this final fixture a dead rubber which saw 
Josh Harrop and Paul Pogba net the goals that claimed victory for the hosts.

Results elsewhere meant that Palace finished in 14th position, seven points clear of the drop-zone which they would have happily accepted just a few months ago.

It was 12 months to the day that the two sides had faced off in the FA Cup final, but with another chance of a trophy on the horizon, United’s starting XI was vastly different to the one that beat Palace at Wembley.

Jose Mourinho selected a number of fresh-faced youngsters mixed with a touch of star power ahead of their Europa League final meeting with Ajax on Wednesday, but the blend gelled quickly to carve out the game’s opening chance on 11 minutes when debutant left-back Demitri Mitchell picked out Wayne Rooney, but the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer lobbed the ball over Wayne Hennessey but only onto the roof of the net.

However, just three minutes later it was bulging as Mourinho’s men bagged the opener through another first-team debutant. A fine pass by Pogba with the outside of his foot released Harrop who sped into the area, cut inside Martin Kelly and had time to compose himself before firing past Hennessey to mark his United debut in style.

And four minutes after that, the world’s most expensive player found a second to give Palace a mountain to climb. Jesse Lingard showed some strong, direct running to take the ball from the halfway line to the edge of the box, and then played it into the path on the on-rushing Pogba. Joel Ward couldn’t quite intercept it, allowing the Frenchman to slide home the chance and reduce the Eagles’ chances of a claiming a first ever Premier League win against the Red Devils to a slim possibility.

It continued to be one-way traffic following the passing of the half-hour mark and Harrop again went close when he tried to curl the ball into the top corner after a sustained period of home possession, with Palace’s only threatening moments of the opening half coming at either end of it, when two last-ditch tackles from Eric Bailly denied Patrick van Aanholt and Ivory Coast teammate Wilfried Zaha the chance to test rookie keeper Joel Pereira.

Things were much better for the Eagles after the restart, and nine minutes in the second half they nearly got back into it when Zaha managed to send a cross towards the far post where Christian Benteke was waiting, and he craned back his neck to guide a header goalwards but saw it strike the post before being cleared.

Before the game, rumours were swirling that it could be Rooney’s Old Trafford swansong and you could sense his desperation to get on the scoresheet from the first whistle, and he nearly achieved that but at the wrong end when he was fortunate to see his attempted clearance from a Bakary Sako free-kick flash past the post, and a minute later Luka Milivojevic saw a screwed effort fly well over.

The Serbian then called Pereira into action for the first time on 76 minutes when he bent a free-kick around the wall but the young Portuguese stopper produced a diving catch to stop it creeping in, but with the minutes ticking down towards the end of the league season there was very little further action, with the withdrawal of Rooney to a standing ovation the only other moment of note as another helter-skelter season for Palace came to its conclusion.

Manchester United: Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Bailly, Mitchell, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Pogba (Carrick 45), Rooney (Gomes 88), Lingard (Martial 45), Harrop. Subs: O'Hara, Blind, Willock, Dearnley.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp, Zaha (Campbell 79), Milivijevic, McArthur (Sako 61), Puncheon, Van Aanholt (Kaikai 67), C. Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Dann, Lee, Wan-Bissaka.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Man Utd Sold Out

8 May 2017

Tickets for our away match against Manchester United on Sunday 21st May, kick-off 3pm, are now sold out. 

There will be no further tickets available for this match and below we give you details of the club coach travel that is still available. 



This will depart Selhurst Park at 7.30am and is priced at £24 per seat.

Thank you for your tremendous support for this final game of the season. 

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