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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – LIVE Reddit Soccer 22/05/2022

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – LIVE Reddit Soccer 22/05/2022

Manchester United will be bidding to secure sixth position in the Premier League table when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on the final matchday of the campaign. The Red Devils are currently sixth in the division, two points ahead of seventh-placed West Ham United, while Palace sit 13th following their 3-2 loss at Everton on Thursday night. Palace found themselves two goals ahead at Goodison Park on Thursday evening, with Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew on the scoresheet in the opening 36 minutes, but the Toffees turned it around in the second half to secure a huge three points which ensured Premier League survival.

There was an unsavoury incident at the end of the match at Goodison Park, with Palace head coach Patrick Vieira involved in an altercation with a supporter, with the Frenchman appearing to kick out at the fan after being subjected to abuse, and Merseyside Police and the Football Association are investigating the incident. Despite the loss at Everton, it has been a positive season for Palace, with a total of 45 points from 37 matches leaving them in 13th spot in the table, and they could still finish as high as 10th depending on the results on the final matchday of the campaign.

The Eagles have not finished higher than 11th in the league since 2015, while they also reached the semi-finals of this season’s FA Cup, losing to Chelsea on April 17. Palace were on a four-game unbeaten run in the league before losing at Goodison, and they have also only been beaten on four occasions at Selhurst Park in England’s top flight this term, which should hand them confidence as they prepare to host a wounded Man United. In a season of disastrous performances, arguably Man United’s worst came at Brighton & Hove Albion on May 7, suffering a 4-0 defeat to the Seagulls, which left them in sixth spot in the table on 58 points.

Incoming head coach Erik ten Hag is now in England and expected to be in attendance at Selhurst Park, and there is something substantial for the club to fight for on Sunday, as they are bidding to keep hold of sixth position, which would secure a spot in next season’s Europa League.

A win for the Red Devils on Sunday would secure sixth, but a draw or a defeat would open the door for seventh-placed West Ham, who are only two points behind, with the Hammers travelling to Brighton & Hove Albion looking to swap the Europa Conference League for the Europa League.

Man United will post their worst ever points total in the Premier League even if they manage to win this weekend, having collected just 58 points from their 37 matches, recording 16 wins, 10 draws and 11 defeats during a poor campaign, which was supposed to see them challenge for the title.

The Red Devils have won six, drawn five and lost seven of their 18 away league fixtures this term, but they are looking to make it a league double over Palace, having recorded a 1-0 victory over Vieira’s side in the reverse fixture back in December, with Fred scoring the only goal of the contest.

Sunday’s fixture will mark Ralf Rangnick’s final game in charge of the 20-time English champions, as he prepares to step aside for Ten Hag, although the German will remain contracted to the club on a consultancy basis, balancing the role with being head coach of Austria.

Manchester United will be aiming to seal a sixth-place finish in the Premier League when they lock horns with Crystal Palace on the last day of the season.

Manchester United will be hoping to end a wretched 2021/22 season on a high when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on the final matchday of the campaign. With their sixth-place finish yet to be confirmed, the Red Devils need a victory against Patrick Vieira’s side on Sunday afternoon.

It has been a campaign to forget for Manchester United despite their exciting summer transfer business, which saw them recruit Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. The team never got going under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and things have continued to fall apart during the reign of interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

While Champions League football is off the table, Manchester United still have a chance to finish sixth and nail down a spot in the Europa League. Currently sixth, they have West Ham United just two points behind them and need a win to hold on to the spot. But after their 4-0 mauling at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace will fancy their chances.

Crystal Palace have shown signs of early progress under Patrick Vieira, but a lack of consistency has held them back at times. The Eagles are currently 13th in the standings, three points shy of tenth-placed Brighton and are in with an outside chance of a top-half finish, although they need several results to go their way.

However, the morale in the camp could be down after they yielded a two-goal lead, to get beaten by Everton earlier this week, following which Vieira was involved in some controversy after kicking down an offensive Everton fan. Palace will be eager to bounce back and give their fans something to cheer about in their last game of the campaign.

The reverse fixture, played in December last year, ended in a 1-0 victory for Manchester United, with Fred scoring the only goal of the game. Ahead of their latest meeting on Sunday, which will see new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag make an appearance in the stands, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.

Marc Guehi could miss out for Crystal Palace after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat against Everton. Apart from him, the Eagles continue to be without Michael Olise and Nathan Ferguson. Midfielder James McArthur is also a doubt for the contest due to an injury.

The Eagles will line up in their 4-3-3 formation in front of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Joachim Andersen and James Tomkins ought to pair up at the heart of the defence, flanked by the full-back duo of Nathaniel Clyne and Tyrick Mitchell.

Cheikhou Kouyate could be asked to hold down the fort in the centre of the park, and keep a lid on Bruno Fernandes’ creative output in the afternoon. Conor Gallagher, who will be playing his last game for Palace before returning to Chelsea, should start after being benched last time out. The third slot in the centre of the park is likely to be taken up by Eberechi Eze, although Jeffrey Schlupp is also an option.

In attack, former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha is a guaranteed starter on the left flank for Palace. Jean-Philippe Mateta should slot in as the centre-forward, with Jordan Ayew providing support from the right.

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