Jose Mourinho makes swift exit after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace
- Author: Joanne Flowers May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 10:14
The Portuguese confirmed Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matthew Willock and Zachary Dearnley will be involved on Sunday, so too 16-year-old Angel Gomes.
And it was one of the eight players in the starting line-up who had come through United's academy who opened the scoring for the home side. Didn't this team with the Community Shield and League Cup?
Paul Pogba arrived in Manchester as the most expensive player football's history and his signature celebration became a uniquely millennial marker that punctuated the first half of the season.
"I've dreamed about it so many times so, for it to come true today, I'm delighted", Harrop said to manutd.com post-match. "Over the moon!" .
Daley Blind is desperate to stay at Manchester United amid growing uncertainty over his long-term future at Old Trafford.
Despite holding a reputation for not giving young players a chance, Mourinho is widely expected to let go of that tag and field several of United's best prospects.
Gomes, born on August 31 2000, is also the first player to play in the Premier League born this millennium. The more success we had the more I wanted to play, I couldn't wait for the next game.
"We were there previous year and had as many games as they have now". Receiving a deft outside-of-the foot pass from Pogba, the Stockport-born midfielder moved forward, cut inside, fashioned a snake-hips swivel to evade Martin Kelly and then produced an excellent right-foot finish to beat Hennessey. "You try and picture how you want the game to go but it is different out there".
After that, though, both sides were largely going through the motions, although Rooney almost injected intrigue when directing a free-kick just wide of his own goal before Pereira did brilliantly to not only stop a Luka Milivojevic free-kick but hold onto it.
Pogba and Jesse Lingard were withdrawn before half-time with an eye on the Europa League final, but captain Wayne Rooney played all but two minutes despite Mourinho strongly suggesting he would be rested.