6 Kids Handed Starts By Mourinho: Predicted Man Utd XI vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:
Manchester United will look to avoid picking up any further injuries when they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
United are guaranteed to finish sixth no matter the result this weekend and with a Europa League final against Ajax coming up on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed he’ll field a weakened side against Palace.
Here is the team I think Mourinho will pick for the game:
Goalkeeper: Mourinho has confirmed that both Sergio Romero and David De Gea won’t be involved this weekend so youngster Joel Pereira is set to be handed the gloves.
Defence: The United boss fielded a reasonably strong defence against Southampton in midweek but I expect to see a more inexperienced back four line-up on Sunday.
Eric Bailly is almost certain to start as he’s suspended for the Europa League final while Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set to return after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Matteo Darmian is expected to be given a rest so youngster Demetri Mitchell could start at left-back with Axel Tuanzebe continuing on the right after impressing in recent games.
Chris Smalling is carrying a knock so he won’t be risked while the likes of Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind and Phil Jones are set to be rested.
Midfield: Teenager Scott McTominay could be handed his first start in midfield but Mourinho has promised to add some of his first team players to the side so Michael Carrick could play to add an experienced head in the middle of the park.
Mourinho also confirmed that Paul Pogba will feature as he needs to get some minutes under his belt ahead of the final after missing the last two games following the death of his father.
Marouane Fellaini is carrying a muscle injury that he picked up in midweek so he’s unlikely to be risked while Ander Herrera should be rested.
Attack: Mourinho says Wayne Rooney is unlikely to start having played ninety minutes on Wednesday night but Juan Mata could keep his place as he looks to build on his fitness following a groin injury.
Marcus Rashford is expected to start against Ajax next week so Anthony Martial could continue to lead the line up front while youngster Zach Dearnley could be handed his debut in attack.
The likes of Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be rested with Zlatan Ibrahimovic obviously still out through injury.
Here is how we think United will line-up:
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