Manchester United are expected to field an experimental line-up in Sunday’s Premier League home match against Crystal Palace.
Here, are some of the unfamiliar names who manager Jose Mourinho – with one eye on Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax – has confirmed will be involved against Sam Allardyce’s Eagles.
Joel Pereira, O'Hara, Mitchell, McTominay, Harrop, Willock, Tuanzebe, Gomes and Dearnley are also likely to be included in Sunday's squad.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2017
JOEL PEREIRA (goalkeeper, age 20)
Made his United debut as a late substitute in the FA Cup win against Wigan in January, having been recalled from a loan spell at Portuguese club Belenenses.
Tipped by Mourinho to be the “best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation.”
Joel Pereira: "We enjoy working together a lot – they are two amazing goalkeepers and two great people as well; they’re good friends." pic.twitter.com/wX0OpayWhq— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) May 20, 2017
DEMETRI MITCHELL (winger/full-back, age 20)
Manchester-born former England youth international who played as a winger for much of his youth career.
Has more recently converted to an attack-minded left-back and has impressed for United under-23s this term. Was an unused substitute in recent games at Tottenham and Southampton.
Congratulations to Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Demetri Mitchell on their call-ups! 👏 https://t.co/9g5ppU6bz8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 16, 2017
SCOTT McTOMINAY (midfielder/forward, age 20)
Has operated mainly in midfield for United reserves this season, but can do a job up front too at 6ft 4in. Made his Premier League debut as a substitute at Arsenal earlier this month.
Born in Lancaster but recently told the club’s website he feels “probably more Scottish than English”.
JOSH HARROP (midfielder, age 21)
Endured an injury-plagued 2015/16 campaign but has enjoyed a much more productive season this term.
A skillful midfielder with an eye for goal, Harrop scored a hat-trick for the reserves against Tottenham – in front of a watching Mourinho – at Old Trafford earlier this week.
Harrop on 🔥tonight though 👏🏽— Demetri Mitchell (@demetrimitche11) May 15, 2017
MATTY WILLOCK (midfielder, age 20)
Leggy midfielder was formerly with Arsenal – and has two brothers who are on the Gunners’ books. A regular in last season’s under-21 title-winning team, Willock’s work in the engine room often goes unnoticed.
He has caught Mourinho’s eye and been involved in a couple of matchday squads of late but has yet to make his senior debut.
KIERAN O’HARA (goalkeeper, age 21)
Joined United aged eight and progressed through the ranks before gaining experience on a number of loan deals in recent years. Received his first call-up for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team last September.
On the way down to London for the game against Arsenal tomorrow night #MUFC 🔴— Kieran O'hara (@KieranOhara_) May 7, 2017
ZACHARY DEARNLEY (midfielder, age 18)
Former England schoolboys and youth international has had his share of injury woes but has shown himself capable of playing in midfield and in a more advanced role for United’s academy side.
Impressed for the under-23s as a second-half substitute in front of Mourinho on Monday.
Zak Dearnley: played for the U18s last Friday, played for the U23s on Monday and potentially play for the first team on Sunday. Lad.— Khoa Zany (@khoazany) May 18, 2017
ANGEL GOMES (midfielder, age 16)
Ex-England Under-16 captain and the club’s newly crowned youth-team player of the year. A cousin of former United winger Nani, Gomes is comfortable in possession, a good passer and provides a goal threat.
Moved to Old Trafford at the age of 13, and is tipped to be the next big thing.
📷 | Angel Gomes with Ronaldo & Nani as a kid in the academy now in training with the first team squad ahead of a possible debut on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/QPNyRIJbHj— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) May 20, 2017
*From Press Association
We have shown already this season that we are strong enough to beat Arsenal, winning 2-1 at Goodison Park in December to prevent the Gunners from going top of the Premier League.
The Emirates is a difficult stadium for any visiting team. They are still playing to get in the Champions League which makes it tough for us, but we need to be focused on finishing the season strongly with a good positive result to end a season that has been good for Everton overall.
We made a good start to the campaign before going through a difficult period in the middle and then making a really strong start to 2017, with eight successive wins at home, our best run at Goodison in the Premier League era. We played good football and scored a lot of goals during that period. Overall, we met our challenge for the season which was to qualify for Europe and it is satisfying to have achieved this goal.
Away from home, we have had problems creating chances to score goals. We do need more goals from different players in our offensive part of the team and this is something we will address in the summer ahead of next season.
For every manager, the summer is the same and mine will be no different. Yes, I will take time to get away with my family and enjoy some sunshine, I hope.
But I will have my mobile phone with me constantly as we will be trying to do the business that can take Everton to the next step next season. If I need to get on a plane to go somewhere to discuss our business further, I will do so, of course. Recharging the batteries will be important, but so is the business you try to do as a club, especially as we want to continue to make the team stronger and strive closer towards our ultimate goals.
There will be the increased amount of games to consider as well for next season due to our involvement in the Europa League. For this, of course, we need to add to the squad in terms of numbers. But we will not bring any player in just for the sake of bringing players in.
They will have to add to what we have in terms of quality, for quality – not quantity – will be our aim.
But this is for next season and we still have one more game to play, a big game against a big club and this will require our complete focus. Arsenal have been a Champions League team for the past two decades. They have some great individual players and they have big expectations. Always you try to finish a season in style and, for us, this will be important, too. We have moved forward as a team, as a club this season. It will be nice to secure a win on the final day and we will be motivated to achieve this.
The Premier League season provided plenty of drama again and a number of stunning goals.
Here, we rank 10 of the best scored during the 2016-17 campaign.
10. JESSE LINGARD – Middlesbrough v MANCHESTER UNITED, 19/03/17
Lingard was handed his first start in seven matches by Jose Mourinho and took full advantage of his chance to stand out. The 24-year-old picked the ball up just past the halfway line and as the Boro defence backed off, he fired off a shot from 30 yards into the top right-hand corner.
9. EDEN HAZARD – CHELSEA v Arsenal, 04/02/17
Hazard was in his own half when he latched on to a loose header in midfield but a combination of strength, twinkling feet and searing pace left Arsenal’s defence for dead. He jinked away from Laurent Koscielny and shook off Francis Coquelin before finishing off a brilliant run with a close-range shot past Petr Cech.
8. ANDY CARROLL – WEST HAM v Crystal Palace , 14/01/17
Carroll has endured another season blighted by injury but he can be dynamite when he plays, as proven by his superb bicycle kick against Palace. Michail Antonio’s cross was slightly behind the striker but he quickly adjusted, flinging himself into the air and slamming an acrobatic volley into the net.
7. SADIO MANE – Arsenal v LIVERPOOL, 14/08/16
Arsenal did not look in any danger when Mane collected possession on the right flank but in a blink of an eye Cech was picking the ball out of his goal. Mane tore past Calum Chambers, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot finish into the far top corner.
6. JORDAN HENDERSON – Chelsea v LIVERPOOL, 16/09/16
For a straight-forward piledriver, few come better than Henderson’s at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill’s clearance landed right at the feet of the midfielder, who took one touch to control and then with his second sent a dipping drive flying past Thibaut Courtois.
5. GASTON RAMIREZ – MIDDLESBROUGH v Bournemouth, 29/10/16
Boro have not scored many goals this season and certainly none better this one by Gaston Ramirez. The ball spilled out from a Bournemouth corner and Ramirez, starting midway in his own half, sprinted the best part of 60 yards before cutting inside Andrew Surman and slotting into the net.
4. ALEXIS SANCHEZ – West Ham v ARSENAL, 03/12/16
This was a potentially simple finish made delightful by Sanchez, who was sent one-on-one with West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph but instead of shooting, sold his opponent with an elaborate dummy-shot and then tapped home all in one fabulous movement.
3. EMRE CAN – Watford v LIVERPOOL, 01/05/2017
Can’s overhead kick was technically superb but also instinctive as the German darted in behind, sized up the chipped through ball and threw himself into the air. Watford’s defence could only watch as Can caught it perfectly with his back to goal, leaving Heurelho Gomes stranded.
2. OLIVIER GIROUD – ARSENAL v Crystal Palace, 02/01/2017
Arsenal’s speedy six-pass counter-attack was impressive enough but the Frenchman’s ‘scorpion kick’ – an improvised flick with the back of his foot – added a stunning final flourish. Giroud would still be celebrating the goal a week later by imitating his own piece of genius.
1. HENRIKH MKHITARYAN – MANCHESTER UNITED v Sunderland, 26/12/16
Giroud’s inventive effort was good but it was Mkhitaryan who did it first, the Manchester United midfielder flicking in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross with the back of his foot. It was a fantastic piece of skill and even Ibrahimovic looked shocked at what he had just witnessed as the Armenian was mauled by his team-mates.