How Manchester United could line-up v Crystal Palace with 10 changes
Manchester United mercifully only have one game of the season remaining. This takes place in a fortnight’s time against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
It is quite possible, and probable, that many of the Manchester United players who started against Brighton have played their last game for the club this season. Perhaps ever.
For the match against Palace, United could line-up with 10 changes. We are not going for the full 11, because Cristiano Ronaldo probably does deserve to keep his place, we don’t 100 per cent know if he will be here next season, and Edinson Cavani will likely have picked up another injury by then anyway.
But all the other starters; David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga; they should sit the next game out.
United could line-up with 10 changes
Manchester United could line-up with 10 changes against Crystal Palace. There is a fine line to tread, as United do not want another humiliation, and may require a result to avoid dropping into the Europa Conference League.
United also have to bear in mind whether it would be wise for the young players to be involved. A picture of Alvaro Fernandez feeling sad at full-time against Brighton, a match he did not even play in, and Anthony Elanga’s woeful showing against the Seagulls, suggests that United have to consider the decision carefully.
Ultimately we would err on the side of ‘give them a chance’. This is the last game of the season, a fortnight will have passed between the Brighton game, and as stated, those players may simply not deserve to start the final game.
Almost all change: This match would be an opportunity for Dean Henderson to start his first Premier League game of the season, replacing David de Gea. The Spaniard looks like he needs a break, and should be sent on his holidays early.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka would come back in at right-back, against his former club. BBC Sport report Palace are considering re-signing him, and this would put him in the shop window.
Harry Maguire would also return in central defence, alongside Phil Jones, who could make his last start for the club. Eric Bailly is currently out injured.
Alvaro Fernandez should come in at left-back. The teenager has nine assists for the under-23s and will be on the bench anyway, with Luke Shaw out. We have seen enough of Alex Telles.
In midfield, Fred would return as a starter, partnered by Hannibal. The pair would be an interesting combination, and in front of them, Jesse Lingard would start his final game for the club.
Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho would feature in attack, with the latter starting his first ever game for the club, in support of Cristiano Ronaldo up front.
If United did want to leave Ronaldo out, it’s workable if Jadon Sancho returns from illness, with Marcus Rashford leaving the line. A strong FA Youth Cup showing from Charlie McNeill may even throw him into the mix too.