May 21, 2017 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčOld Trafford
Attendance: 75,254
Man UtdManchester United
Crystal Palace
Harrop (15'), Pogba (19')
McTominay (48'), Carrick (74')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Paul Pogba in contention to face Crystal Palace after compassionate leave

Paul Pogba in contention to face Palace
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Paul Pogba is in line to start Manchester United's final league game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but a number of others are doubtful.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the "strong mentality" of Paul Pogba after confirming that the midfielder is in contention to feature against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Pogba has missed the Red Devils' last two matches following the death of his father, who lost his battle with illness last week at the age of 79.

Mourinho was eager to get the France international back involved prior to the crucial Europa League final with Ajax next Wednesday, and he has been given a boost as his record signing is available for the visit of Palace.

There are doubts over the fitness of Chris Smalling, meanwhile, and Marouane Fellaini is awaiting the tests of a scan after picking up an injury in the goalless draw with Southampton.

"Paul is fine. He's a strong guy, has a strong mentality. He needs to play on Sunday," the Portuguese told reporters. "Chris Smalling has a small problem for Sunday; he will be fine for Wednesday."

Mourinho also confirmed that skipper Wayne Rooney will likely be rested and could therefore turn to some of his Under-23s players for the final league game of the season.

"To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don't think is good. I think they really need my support, Nicky Butt's and supporters to understand difficult job they have. It'll not be easy for them," he said.

Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara, Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop, Angel Gomes, Scott McTominay, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe are all expected to play a part.

A maniacal Jose Mourinho tries to figure out how many matches his side have drawn at Old Trafford this season during the Premier League clash with Arsenal on May 7, 2017
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