United comfortably beat Crystal Palace, as 21 year-old Josh Harrop scored on his debut.
Harrop and left-back Demetri Mitchell were both making their United debuts, while Joel Pereira and Scott McTominay were making their full Premier League debuts. It shows how much youth talent United have and that there is a really bright future to look forward to.
Harrop found the net in the 15th minute. It was a sublime finish from inside the box and showed that he was brimming with confidence. He nearly doubled his tally, but he curled an effort narrowly wide.
They doubled their lead in the 19th minute through Paul Pogba. It was a low finish into the back of the net. Pogba got subbed off at the end of the first half, with the Europa League final on Wednesday in mind. United were comfortably ahead so Jose Mourinho could afford to take his main midfielder off.
Palace’s best chance came in the second half when striker Christian Benteke headed against the foot of the post. Apart from that they hardly threatened and they didn’t really test United ahead of their huge final on Wednesday.
With two minutes to go Mourinho brought on Angel Gomes for his United debut. He became the club’s youngest ever player to play in the Premier League at 16 years and 263 days old. He is also the first player to be born in 2000 to appear in the the Premier League. He replaced captain Wayne Rooney, in what could prove to be his last ever game for United.
Rooney was given a standing ovation coming off the pitch, with the fans recognising that this could be the last time they see Rooney on their team. He has been a tremendous servant to the club but, his time may be over, as he doesn’t seem to be in Mourinho’s plans. If it was his last ever appearance, it was rather subdued.
For United their whole season depends on that Europa League Final on Wednesday against Ajax on Wednesday. Win and their season can be counted as a good season with the EFL Cup and a place in the Champions League next season. Lose and their season will be counted as a failure, with no Champions League for a successive season.
But, their league season has been a disappointment, with their least victories and most draws, with 11 of those coming at home. They will get £28.5million for coming sixth in the league. They’ve collected one more point on the road – 35, than at Old Trafford.
Their nex and final game of the season is on Wednesday, the 24 May in Stockholm in the Europa League final. It is the biggest game of their season and they must win.