Manchester United qualified for the Europa League despite Crystal Palace producing one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal of the game for the home side in the 37th minute. They needed a win to qualify for the Europa League but did so as Brighton beat West Ham 3-1.
Home Team: Guaita (7), Clyne (6), Ward (7), Andersen (7), Mitchell (6), Hughes (6), Schlupp (6), Gallagher (7), Zaha (8), Edouard (5), Rak-Sakyi (5).
Subs: Kouyate (6), Eze (6), McArthur (N/A)
Away Team: De Gea (7), Dalot (5), Lindelof (5), Maguire (6), Telles (6), McTominay (5), Fred (6), Mejbri (6), Elanga (6), Fernandes (6), Cavani (6).
Subs: Mata (6), Shoretire (6), Garnacho (N/A).
Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick: “Yes, I think Brighton did us the favour to turn the game around because they were losing at half-time. They scored three times in the second half and that was the good thing about the weekend and about this fixture. We would have loved to take care of ourselves but in a way, the game was indicative of the last couple of weeks, especially when we played away from home. It was a new experience for me, not necessarily coming in the middle of the season but knowing that it would be an interim role. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any pre-season and unfortunately, we couldn’t strengthen the squad.”
Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira: “It was the best way to end the season, to win the game against United because of what they represent in the Premier League. I was really pleased because we won and we had another clean sheet at home so a good way to end the season. These things happen and in hindsight, it was a little bit bittersweet or sweet bitter rather because in the first couple of weeks and months did well.”
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