Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba ruled out of Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo is injured for Manchester United’s final game of the Premier League season against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

That is according to the Athletic, who also confirm that Paul Pogba will not return for the last round of matches.

Ronaldo has a hip flexor problem, which has troubled him at various times this season, and has played his final game for the campaign in a red shirt.

Pogba may well have played his final United game all told, amid reports from Italy that he has decided to go back to Juventus.

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Ronaldo injured and will miss Palace clash

Pogba’s absence was not a surprise.

During last month’s game at Arsenal, Pogba posted on Instagram to say he wanted to play again this season after limping out of the 4-0 loss at Liverpool.

That will not be happening and that brief appearance at Anfield looks set to be the final time we see him with the famous badge on his chest.

Ronaldo has a famously good injury record but has missed games at various times this season, most notably the 4-1 Manchester derby loss at the Etihad Stadium.

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We had Ronaldo in our predicted XI for the game, as we tried to guess the final starting 11 Ralf Rangnick would name as United boss.

Edinson Cavani came off the bench at Brighton and could start at Selhurst Park, with Ronaldo’s absence also perhaps pushing some of the club’s young forwards higher up the pecking order.

United need a win to guarantee finishing sixth in this season’s Premier League, which would ensure they do not drop into the UEFA Conference League.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.