Manchester United face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their final Premier League game of the campaign today.
The Red Devils are currently placed sixth in the standings with 58 points, and may need to beat the Eagles to secure Europa League football.
Otherwise, West Ham United, who are two points behind with a superior goal difference, could leapfrog them with a win at Brighton & Hove Albion.
That would see the Red Devils drop to the recently-formed Europa Conference League which won’t go well with most supporters.
David de Gea has been United’s undisputed goalkeeper throughout the Premier League season. He has been superb with several outstanding saves, contributing to points won. The Spaniard is a leading contender to be named the club’s Player of the Year. He is expected to start in goal.
Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles pretty much pick themselves in the full-back positions. Dalot is better going forward compared to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and has been an ever-present figure at right-back in recent months. Luke Shaw has just returned from a leg surgery and could make the bench at best. Telles is set to feature on the left side of the backline.
Harry Maguire made his return from a knee injury in the 70th minute at Brighton, and nearly found the back of the net. It was a positive cameo, and the club captain appears likely to replace Victor Lindelof in central defence. Raphael Varane should partner him
Nemanja Matic will be leaving the club after this game, but has been one of United’s best performers in the past few weeks. The Serbian deserves a good send off, and should partner Fred in midfield. Scott McTominay had a tough outing in the 4-0 rout by Brighton and could make way for the Brazil international.
Further forward, Anthony Elanga should reclaim his position on the right wing and could be accompanied by Bruno Fernandes on the opposite flank. Jadon Sancho had to pull out of a recent training session, and may not be fit enough to make the starting XI.
Juan Mata has been a regular in the number 10 role over the past two games, and appears likely to reclaim his spot over Jesse Lingard, who has been an unused substitute in the same time.
With Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out with a hip flexor problem, Marcus Rashford could lead the line despite his poor run of form. The England star has had a forgettable season with just five goals.
Edinson Cavani is the other option in the squad. It won’t be a surprise if the Uruguayan gets the nod over Rashford, but the latter’s pace on the counter-attack could be more effective against Palace.
Predicted Man Utd line-up (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Fred, Nemanja Matic; Anthony Elanga, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com
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