Ralf Rangnick explains his Manchester United team selection against Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick has explained his Manchester United team selection in his last game in charge of the club against Crystal Palace.

The German has handed Hannibal Mejbri his first start for Manchester United in the clash against the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

The Tunisian will be hoping to impress incoming boss Erik ten Hag who is expected to be in attendance for the clash in Croydon.

The former Ajax boss will take over the reins at Old Trafford for next season and United need to match or better West Ham United’s result on the final day of the season to secure Europa League football.

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Speaking on MUTV, Rangnick said: “We have quite a few players missing due to injuries. Hannibal Mejbri has trained well in the last few weeks, that is why he starts today.”

When asked whether Ten Hag will be in attendance for today’s clash, the German said: “I don’t know if he is here today, he did not have any input in the team, he will be the manager next season.”

The 63-year-old added: “We want to try and win the game, this is what we have to do and if we play as a team and defend well as we have done in numerous away games it is possible to take the three points.”

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Edinson Cavani starts in his final game for Manchester United and there is a youthful feel to the bench with Fernandez, Savage, Shoretire and Garnacho all hoping to get some game time.

Rangnick’s final game in interim charge of Manchester United comes against the side that he he started his brief Red Devils tenure.

United beat Patrick Vieira’s Palace side 1-0 at Old Trafford in December thanks to a goal from Fred.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba are both missing from the squad for this afternoon’s clash.

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