United have to win this away fixture at Carrow Road.
United have to win this away fixture at Carrow Road.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has not had the best of times in the Premier League in charge of the Old Trafford outfit.

He is yet to provide any kind of exciting moments for the club in two years at the club but has finally got his chance to mark his name at the club with an FA Cup final looming over at the weekend.

The Premier League position has already confirmed United’s place in the Europa League and victory at Wembley in the final will give United no extra advantages except some form of silverware. This could be the last chance for Van Gaal to keep his job at the club and if United manage to lose this game, it would surely spell the end of the Dutchman’s reign at the club, making this final an ever bigger occasion.

The manager will be relatively happy to have an almost fully fit squad to choose from. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw remain the long-term injuries while Fellaini is now back from suspension and available for this game. The likes of Darmian and Rojo are also back to full fitness and may get to start this game. Here is United’s strongest XI they can field against Palace in the FA Cup final.

Goal Keeper:

David de Gea:

Arguably the best keeper in the Premier League, De Gea has also been the best player for United for the second season running and will start on the night at Wembley in search of silverware.


Antonio Valencia:

Back from injury recently, Valencia has added some impetus to the United attack in the last few games and will be an important part of the plans for United.

Chris Smalling:

After a great start to the Premier League campaign, Smalling has not been able to keep up the good work but will have to be at his best against Palace on Saturday.

Daley Blind:

Doing more than a good job in an unfamiliar position, Blind will once again start as a centre back alongside Smalling, and having formed a good partnership will hope to have a good game at Wembley.

Matteo Darmian:

Just back from an injury, Darmian will be fresh and raring to go and will hope to have an immediate impact on his side’s fortunes.


Michael Carrick:

The veteran midfielder has been superb in his last few games and will once again have to be at his best if United are to take anything from this game.

Marouane Fellaini:

Just back after being suspended for 3 games, Fellaini will have a point to prove and will give his all in the final game of the season to help his team to a victory.

Juan Mata:

Recently left out from the Spain squad, Mata, who has not been at his best this season will hope to come up with a good performance and help change the mind of the selectors back in Spain.

Wayne Rooney:

Slowly growing in confidence at the business end of the season, Rooney has been superb in the last few games and will have to continue his good work if he wants to lift some silverware this season.

Anthony Martial:

Arguably the best outfield player for Untied this season, Martial, will once again have plenty of work to do on the flank as he will be responsible for breaking the Palace defense on the night.


Marcus Rashford:

The teenager has already taken the Premier League world by a storm with his consistency and a goal in a winning cause in an FA Cup final will further increase his value as he will get his chance at Wembley against Crystal Palace.



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