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.

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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 1 Swansea City 1 – Premier League photo match report

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Manchester United’s penultimate league home game saw the visit of Swansea City, who had won on two out of their last three trips to Old Trafford.


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Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that drew the Manchester Derby 0-0, with Englishmen Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney coming into the side. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all rested ahead of the Europa League semi final first leg v Celta Vigo. While Marouane Fellaini was suspended following his headbutt on Sergio Aguero in the derby.


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But, after just seven minutes, Valencia was forced into action when Luke Shaw went off injured. With Mourinho thinking Shaw’s early exit must mean he has “a big injury”. Later on, the injury crisis got worse when Eric Bailly hobbled off, leaving United with no senior centre backs fit. Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind finished the match as CB’s.


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Bailly had earlier almost gifted Swansea the lead, when his clearance deflected back off Gylfi Sigurdsson and went just wide. Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente also had shots saved by David De Gea in the first half.


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But, it was United who took the lead, when Marcus Rashford won a controversial penalty at the feet of Lukasz Fabianski. Wayne Rooney stepped up, sending Fabianski the wrong way to make it 1-0 to the home side on the stroke of half time.


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Captain Rooney then had a great chance to double the lead, but even with Fabianski unable to get across, he could only hit his own teammate Anthony Martial with his shot. The Polish international then reacted well to Martial’s deflected effort and then Valencia’s powerful across goal strike.


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United then gave away what turned out to be a costly free kick, when Rooney fouled Ayew in the 79th minute. Free kick specialist Sigurdsson placed his effort past De Gea, into the top corner. The strike earned the Swans a vital away point in their fight for Premier League survival.


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A tenth home Premier League draw for United does see their unbeaten run reach a club record 25 games. But 23 dropped home points may prove costly in the race for the top four.

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 0 – Premier League photo match report

Manchester United rested Michael Carrick, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the Europa League Quarter Final second leg.

Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and David De Gea all came into the side.

Chelsea were forced to bring in both Asmir Begovic (Due to Courtois ankle injury) and Kurt Zouma (after Marcos Alonso got injured in the warm up).

The Premier League trophy was on show before the game with Chelsea 4 points clear of Spurs in the race for the title.

United started quickly and Marcus Rashford gave them a deserved lead. The 19 year old latched onto a fantastic Ander Herrera through ball to beat Begovic and score his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

While Herrera was also tasked with stopping Premier League Player of the Season nominee, Eden Hazard, following the Belgian wherever he went to great effect. With Matteo Darmian doing a similar job on the other side against Pedro. Mourinho’s tactics worked perfectly, nullifying the Chelsea wingers, leaving Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly a 2 v 1 against Diego Costa.

But Herrera made the difference when United had the ball too. Adding a goal to his assist. He ran onto Ashley Young’s pull back early in the second half and shot past Begovic with the aid of a deflection.

While Chelsea had the majority of possession at 2-0, they failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Young blazed three shots wide and over, while Rashford looked for his second, shooting into the side netting in the second half.

While Rashford and Herrera got the goals, this was a team performance from MUFC with every player giving ‘everything’ as asked for by José Mourinho before the game.

The result meant Manchester United’s unbeaten league run stretched to 22 games. A run which has been salvaged three times by late goals (Home v Liverpool and Everton, Away v Stoke).

It was Chelsea’s 2nd defeat in 4 league games, after losing to Crystal Palace at home at the start of April. But, a favourable run in still has them favourites to lift the title in May.

United now have only 2 league home games left against Swansea and Crystal Palace. While they have 5 away games in tough end to the league season.

MUFC now face Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League Quarter Final on 20th April, looking to reach the last four of a competition that still seems the most likely route to Champions League qualification for next season.


Manchester United 1 Everton 1 – Premier League photo match report

The South Stand and Munich Tunnel ahead of the 8pm kick off at Old Trafford.


Injured Chris Smalling arrives at Old Trafford, signing autographs for fans.


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The England international was wearing a brace on his right leg as he recovers from a long-term injury which he picked up on international duty.


Manchester United welcomed back both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera from suspension. But Paul Pogba was only fit enough for the bench on his return from injury.


Marcus Rashford (above) started on the left, with Jesse Lingard on the right and Ibrahimovic up front. Daley Blind came in at left back, with Ashley Young moving to right back as Antonio Valencia was rested.


Everton scored first when Phil Jagielka poked home after Ashley Williams’ flick on from a corner.


United then hit the bar twice, first from Herrera who was following up Daley Blind’s brilliant free kick, which was well saved by Joel Robles and then from half-time sub, Paul Pogba who headed against the bar. The world’s most expensive player has now hit the woodwork 9 times this season in all competitions. A figure matched by only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.


Zlatan had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside when he headed in past Robles at the back post with 20 minutes to go.

 United now travel to Sunderland on Sunday (1.30pm BST), before heading to Brussels, Belgium to face Anderlecht in the Europa League Quarter Final 1st leg.

Manchester United 0 West Bromwich Albion 0 – Premier League photo match report

The Manchester United team bus arrives at Old Trafford. United were missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera through suspension.


While Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were also sidelined, through injury.


Matty Willock, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe all made the bench. It was the first time Willock made the 1st team match day squad.


The teams come out, West Brom started with all three of their Ex-United players, Ben Foster, Jonny Evans and captain Darren Fletcher.


In the first half, Anthony Martial had two shots deflected wide.


While, Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced Foster into making a good block when the Armenian went through one-on-one.


Marcus Rashford’s shot from outside the box also led to a great save from Foster.


Not long later, Rashford struck a free kick which was heading for the top corner before Foster got across to tip it wide for a corner.


West Brom’s only shot on target came when Darren Fletcher’s effort was tipped onto the bar and gathered by David De Gea.


United now face Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday 4th April looking to get back to winning ways.