Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 – Premier League

Juan Mata arrives at Old Trafford with his girlfriend after being rested for the Europa League Final in Stockholm on Wednesday 24th May.

Mata therefore had time to sign autographs for fans and pose for photos before the game.

Fellow Spaniard, David De Gea arrives after also getting the day off, with the Portuguese Joel Pereira starting for the first time in goal.

Jose Mourinho handed debut starts to Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop as most first team players were rested ahead of the Europa League Final.

Of the first team players, only Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney started. While Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick were on the bench.

Pogba and Lingard both played 44 minutes each, coming off for Carrick and Martial just before half time. While Blind stayed on the bench as he prepares to start the final at centre-back.

Debutant Josh Harrop opened the scoring fifteen minutes in, after running onto a Pogba through-ball. Harrop cut into the box and placed a shot into the far corner past Wayne Hennessey.

Just four minutes later, Pogba himself added a second. After Tim Fosu-Mensah won the ball in midfield, Jesse Lingard took his time to play in the Frenchman who capitalised on a Palace mistake to slot home. Pogba went off to a standing ovation having both scored and assisted during his 44 minute appearance.

Palace’s top scorer Christian Benteke hit the post with a header in the second half. While Joel Pereira made a good save from a Luka Milivojevic free kick to preserve a clean sheet on his first start for the reds.

Later on, 16-year-old Angel Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney to become the days fifth debutant. The diminutive Gomes still had time to show off his ability despite only playing five minutes.

Manchester United closed their domestic season with a comfortable 2-0 win and finished with a lap of honour.

Marcos Rojo made an appearance on crutches, following successful knee surgery recently.

While Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Sergio Romero had time to take photos with family members after being rested.


Manchester United now head to Stockholm to face Ajax for the Europa League, plus qualification for next season’s UEFA Super Cup and Champions League.

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2 – EFL Cup Final 2017 Photo Match Report

The United players leave the team hotel, The Hilton London Wembley, to get on the specially branded ‘EFL Cup Final’ team bus.


Wembley Stadium an hour before the 4.30pm kick off.


The Manchester United players, after playing 4 matches in the previous 11 days. And the Southampton squad, fresh from a two week training camp in Spain, warm up.


Both clubs’ colours are laid out on the pitch alongside their home shirts, with the teams now in the tunnel.


Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel stand alongside their players awaiting the national anthem.


The 2017 EFL Cup final kicks off.


A free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring. While a calm finish from Jesse Lingard, who has now scored in each of the FA Cup final, Community Shield and League Cup final, put MUFC 2-0 up. Before Manolo Gabbiadini struck for the Saints either side of half time. But it was the 35 year-old Swede who met Ander Herrera’s fine cross in the 87th minute to clinch United a fifth League Cup title.


United fans’ celebrate Zlatan’s late winner by waving their phone flashlights.


Ibrahimovic sinks to his knees as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo congratulate him, after referee Andre Marriner blew his FT whistle.


Ander Herrera leads the celebrations with a scarf given to him by a fan.


Club Captain, Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy despite not playing in the final. The substitute was going to replace Ander Herrera but after Ibrahimovic scored Jose Mourinho decided to see out the win with Marouane Fellaini instead.


The United players come over to applaud the fans on the far side after collecting their winners’ medals.


The Wembley arch lit up red after a fantastic cup final seen by 85,264 fans.


Manchester United now return to Premier League action at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth on 4th March 2017, at 12:30pm.