Five things learned from Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick lost his final game as interim boss of Manchester United as the Red Devils went down 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
Here are five things we learned from the final Premier League game of the season against the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
Erik ten Hag in attendance
Manchester United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired was in attendance at Croydon to watch his new side in the flesh.
The former Ajax boss will take the reins at Old Trafford and will be tasked with rebuilding a broken first team that has hit record new lows this season.
Being able to watch the Reds in person, the 52-year-old will be well aware of the huge job he faces getting Manchester United back to the top of the footballing mountain.
Hannibal makes first Manchester United start
After coming on as a late substitute in the 4-0 drubbing against Liverpool and producing a feisty and fiery display, in his first Premier League appearance of the season, the Tunisian hadn’t featured in the last four games.
But in Rangnick’s last game in charge of the Reds, the German handed the former Monaco youngster his first Manchester United start for the first team.
The 19-year-old maintained his 100 percent ratio of being booked in both of his Premier League games this season and he looked to be the only United player who was intent on impressing Ten Hag.
But with Ten Hag in attendance, the attacking midfielder will be hoping to feature far more under the Dutchman from next season.
Edinson Cavani makes final United appearance
With Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out with a hip flexor injury, the Uruguayan came into the side to make his final Manchester United appearance.
The start against Crystal Palace was Cavani’s seventh in the top-flight this season and the 35-year-old’s second season in Manchester has been plagued by injuries.
El Matador will likely move to La Liga in the summer and leave United in what has been a frustrating second season for the former Paris Saint Germain man.
Diogo Dalot endures difficult afternoon
With Ten Hag in attendance, Dalot was given the run-around by former Manchester United winger Wilfred Zaha.
The Portuguese international couldn’t get near the Ivorian and Dalot’s performance would have done little to instil any confidence into Ten Hag that he’s the right man to be United’s first-choice right-back.
United’s number 20 couldn’t deal with Zaha’s trickery and his defensive vulnerabilities came to the fore once again.
Manchester United secure Europa League football
At half-time in today’s final set of Premier League fixtures for the 2021-22 campaign, Manchester United were heading for the Conference League.
West Ham were leading 1-0 at Brighton, but luckily for the Reds Graham Potter’s Seagulls turned the game on its head in the second half and won 3-1.
Its Thursday night football for Ten Hag’s Manchester United but after Brighton’s massive favour its the Europa League and not the Conference League.
Manchester United finished the season with a zero goal difference which says a lot about a season we will want to forget in a hurry.