Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0
Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, May 21, 2017. Sixth placed Manchester United comfortably defeated mid-table Crystal Palace by 2-0 in their final Premiership fixture of the 2016-17 campaign. Former England U20 international Josh Harrop opened the scoring for United in the 15th minute of the tie before midfield playmaker Paul Pogba hit a second goal for the hosts four minutes later in the first period.
Controversial Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho had signed a highly lucrative three-year contract with Manchester United Football Club on the 27th of May 2016, with an option to stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the 2019-20 season. Following a narrow 2-1 FA Community Shield triumph against reigning Premiership Champions Leicester City at Wembley, The Reds started the 2016-17 Premier League campaign with three wins over AFC Bournemouth, Southampton, and Hull City before suffering a painful 2-1 defeat at the hands of neighbouring rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. After losing 4-0 against Mourinho´s former employers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their ninth match of the term, Manchester United went on a 25 game undefeated Premiership streak which ended with a 2-0 loss against Arsene Wenger´s Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. United then lost 2-1 to second placed Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane before they drew 0-0 with Southampton at St Mary´s Stadium in their penultimate top-flight fixture of the season.
Manchester United rounded off the 2016-17 Premier League term by overcoming Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford. In what was Josh Harrop´s Premiership debut for United, Jose Mourinho fielded the club´s youngest ever starting line-up in the history of the English Premier League, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days. And it was Harrop who scored the first goal of the contest when the midfield prospect beat Crystal Palace and Wales netminder Wayne Hennessey with a devastating shot from inside the 18-yard area after fifteen minutes of play. Then, just a few moments later, Manchester United doubled their lead as Paul Pogba received a brilliant pass from Jesse Lingard to put the ball between the legs of Hennessey and into the net in the 19th minute of the clash. Mourinho made two substitutions shortly before the break when Michael Carrick was brought on for Pogba and Anthony Martial replaced Lingard, and both of the substitutes had a reasonably decent second period. And with five minutes left on the watch, Angel Gomes became the youngest Manchester United debutant since Duncan Edwards as the 16-year-old midfielder took the field as a late replacement for veteran striker Wayne Rooney, but there was too little time for him to make an impact. Manchester United Team: Joel Pereira, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Demetri Mitchell, Joshua Harrop, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Kieran O’Hara, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Zachary Dearnley, Angel Gomes, Matty Willock, Anthony Martial. Crystal Palace Team: Wayne Hennessey, Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, Patrick Van Aanholt, Joel Ward, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke. Substitutes: Julian Speroni, Sullay Kaikai, Scott Dann, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Chung-yong Lee, Bakary Sako, Fraizer Campbell.