Manchester United head to Selhurst Park, to face Crystal Palace, for the final day of a Premier League season that many United fans have been counting down the days until its end as we eagerly await the reign of Erik ten Hag.
Manchester United’s form all season, especially their last five games, shows that the job is going to be anything but easy for ten Hag as the club is rebuilding drastically to try and get back to its glory days.
In contrast to the dramatic and unpleasant environment at United, Palace have had a season that wouldn’t cause many grumbles from their fans which included a long FA Cup run where they reached the semifinals and an uneventful Premier League campaign sitting 13th never threatened by relegation.
When the two teams met at Old Trafford earlier in the season, United gained the three points, winning 1-0 thanks to a fabulous Fred strike from long range.
Read the match report for that game here.
The Opposition: Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace’s last five: DWWDL
The Eagles could consider themselves very lucky not to have five Ws in row going into the final day as squandered chances and controversial goals have stopped the team from South London having the perfect form.
A disappointing 0-0 draw with a struggling for survival Leeds side was certainly two points dropped as Jean-Philippe Mateta missed multiple chances to break the deadlock.
Crystal Palace’s frustration turned into jubilation in their next fixture against Southampton as they came from behind to win 2-1 away from home, thanks to a 92nd minute winner from their talisman Wilfried Zaha.Embed from Getty Images
Zaha was the decisive player once again in Palace’s 1-0 victory over Watford. The Ivory Coast international scored a penalty which condemned Watford to the EFL Championship, but the score line should have been four or five nil but for the heroics of Ben Foster in the visiting goal.
Crystal Palace only took one point away from their next two games against Aston Villa and Everton. The point coming from the trip to Villa as the two drew 1-1, however, the travelling team will feel hard done by Ollie Watkins’ goal as Marc Guéhi seemed to be fouled in the build up.
Palace throw away a 0-2 lead against Everton, conceding an 85th minute header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to lose 3-2, a result that saw the blue side of the Mersey safe from the drop.Embed from Getty Images
United’s last five: LLDWL
Don’t worry, it will be over soon.
Where Crystal Palace could have had five wins in their last five, United should have lost four of their most recent games.
After being emphatically thrashed by Liverpool 4-0 and Arsenal 3-1, United scraped a 1-1 draw against Chelsea who dominated throughout but let the Red Devils off the by being uncharacteristically wasteful.Embed from Getty Images
The only joy in the last five was the final game at Old Trafford where United comfortably beat Premier League new boys Brentford 3-0.
Any optimism from this win was quickly shattered by Brighton playing Manchester United off the park and destroying the sleeping football giant 4-0 with Graham Potter’s team being 3-0 up at the halftime break.
Set for their worst finish in Premier League history, Manchester United are limping over the finishing line and with Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss the game with a hip flexor injury, it could be a damp and dull end to a season we all wish to forget.Embed from Getty Images