Manchester United’s final match of the season is against Wolves at Molineux.
The match is in many respects a dead-rubber, with United’s final position locked in for second place, while Wolves are 12th and can climb no higher.
There will likely be wholesale changes as United rest key starters ahead of the Europa League final and look to avoid further injuries.
Despite all this, the match is an important one for United to get a positive result in. Here is a look at why the game matters…
Build momentum for the Europa League final
This is the dilemma for United with resting players. The team ideally need to secure a win before the final to head to Gdansk with some momentum.
Since beating Aston Villa, United have lost two games and drawn one. It’s not trophy winning form.
Unfortunately the game against Fulham was the chance for the first team players to pick up a win, and they wasted it. Instead it will be up to the stand-ins to show them how it is done.
A victory would come as a relief and give United some reassurance and confidence heading into the final.
Individual showcase for next season
This is actually an important chance for the stand-in players to show they can step up, after wasting the opportunity against Leicester.
The likes of Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic have had disappointing seasons and will want to show they can be called on if needed in the Europa League final.
Beyond that, it’s a chance to inform United’s plans for next season. A strong performance from the likes of Van de Beek and Amad will provide some confidence that they can play important roles in 2021/22.
It will also be an opportunity for one or two young players to shine, and show they should be in United’s first team, rather than being sent out on a loan deal.
Maintain away record
OK, so a win is not necessary for this one. A draw would do as a minimum.
United have gone the entire season away from home up until this point. That in itself is a great achievement. To blow it on the final day would be a great shame.
The stand-in players have to deliver and not let their teammates down. Wolves are tough opponents, but they are out of form, and this is a game United should be able to get through without defeat.
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