JOSH HARROP became Manchester United’s 100th Premier League goalscorer as the Red Devils finished the season WITHOUT an Old Trafford draw.
Paul Pogba provided the second as Wayne Rooney played what could be his last ever game in front of the Stretford End.
Jose Mourinho the club’s most youthful ever Prem team, with an average age of just 22 years and 248 days with United’s focus on the Europa League final in Sweden on Wednesday.
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And don’t forget the name Angel Gomes, who came on for Rooney in the 88th minute to become United’s youngest first-team player since the great Duncan Edwards.
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- Mourinho stuck to his word and fielded a raft of young players with the Europa League final in Stockholm in mind. He gave four full debuts to his young players.
- Rooney can expect to be on the bench on Wednesday – but he was chosen to start and captain the side here. Surely it will be his last game for United at Old Trafford.
- The average age of United’s starting XI was 22.2 – if you’d taken Rooney out it would have been just over 21.
- Acadmy director Nicky Butt took a place on the bench – however he WASN’T named among the subs – despite Mourinho ringing the changes
- Josh Harrop’s super goal was a reward for his patence. The 16-year-old wide man has been a regular in United’s junior teams but has never gone out on loan. One or two clubs mighbe be interested now.
- Pogba’s goal to put United 2-0 up was his first for the club since January when he found the net in the EFL Cup win at Hull.
- The France international pointed to the skies after his goal – presumably in honour of his father who passed away earlier this month.
- Sam Allrdyce still lives locally but he has not enjoyed his trips to Manchester recently. It’s just two weeks ago that the Eagles were thumped 5-0 across town at the Etihad.
- Rather than making changes at half-time, Jose Mourinho took the unusual step of taking off Pogba and Jesse Lingard in first half stoppage time.
- One of the replacements, Michael Carrick, could also have been playing his final game at Old Trafford.
- Joel Pereira has been tipped as a future Portugal No1 by Mourinho. He showed what he can do with an acrobatic save from Luka Milivojevic’s effort.
Gomes became United’s youngest player in the Premier League at 16 years old, 8 months and 20 days. He beat Federico Macheda’s record and is the youngest player since Duncan Edwards.
Manchester United’s field their youngest starting XI in Premier League history against Crystal Palace
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
STAR MAN: Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United)
MANCHESTER UNITED: Pereira 6, Jones 7, Bailly 7, Fosu-Mensah 7, MITCHELL 8, Tuanzebe 7, McTominay 7, Pogba 8 (Carrick 88, 6) , Lingard 6 (Martial 47, 6), Rooney 7 (Gomes 88, 6), Harrop 8.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey 5, Ward 6, Kelly 6, Tomkins 6, Schlupp 6, McArthur 5 (Sakho 81, 6), Milivojevic 6, Puncheon 6, Zaha 7 (Campbell 79, 5), C Benteke 7, Van Aanholt 6 (Kaikai 67, 5)