Predicted Manchester United XI v Crystal Palace: Ralf Rangnick's final line-up
Manchester United’s final game of the season is almost here, at long last. This is one season we can’t wait to see the back of.
The final game is an away fixture against Crystal Palace, which could have some significance. United need a win to totally secure a Europa League place. We wait on Ralf Rangnick’s final line-up as Red Devils interim boss.
West Ham are two points back, away at Brighton – a fixture Manchester United will acknowledge is a tricky one. But if they win, and United fail to secure victory, even a draw, will mean West Ham and their superior goal difference will move into sixth place, and bump the Red Devils down into seventh and the Europa Conference League.
United have had two weeks since the Brighton loss, while Palace only played on Thursday night away at Everton. Hopefully that could make a difference, for United to end the season on a high.
The match kicks off at 4pm on Sunday, simultaneously with all the other Premier League games. United’s away form has been awful recently, with the last away victory coming back in February against Leeds at Elland Road.
Right after the Brighton loss, we called for wholesale changes, as many as 10, although, with time elapsing, and the importance of this game growing, it probably won’t be quite so drastic.
Ralf Rangnick’s final line-up
Ralf Rangnick’s final line-up as interim manager before Erik ten Hag takes over should see a handful of changes to the Brighton fixture. There could be five in total, with a handful of stars set to return.
Harry Maguire and Fred were substitutes against Brighton. They are likely to come back into the side, replacing Victor Lindelof, and Nemanja Matic is also likely to drop out of the side.
David de Gea will likely retain his place in goal, with Diogo Dalot remaining at full-back, despite the temptation to consider Aaron Wan-Bissaka against his former club, who BBC Sport report are trying to sign him. Luke Shaw may only be available to make the bench.
Fred and Scott McTominay will resume their partnership in midfield, and who knows, this could be the final time, with new boss Erik ten Hag set to bring in new faces next season to shake up the selection.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are fit again and available for selection, and after the poor performances from Juan Mata and Anthony Elanga last time out, it makes sense to bring them back in.
Rangnick said Sancho left training early in a recent session, but could still be available for Sunday. We would guess that he makes it.
In Rashford’s case in particular, it will be interesting to see if he can raise his game, knowing new boss Ten Hag is watching.
On the bench, Jesse Lingard will be hoping to get some minutes for a farewell appearance, while a handful of youngsters could be involved too. Charlie Savage was in first team training this week, and although he won’t make Rangnick’s final line-up, he could be among the substitutes.
Shola Shoretire, Alvaro Fernandez, Alejandro Garnacho and Hannibal could also be on the bench and get some minutes, but Ralf Rangnick’s cautious approach so far indicates they won’t be among the starters. With a Europa League spot to secure, this likely won’t change at Selhurst Park.
In: Maguire, Fred, Sancho, Rashford
Out: Lindelof, Matic, Elanga, Mata