Two possible teams for the match vs Crystal Palace

So, I pick two set of players for tonight’s game. The first one is without baring in mind the FA Cup match at the Wembley in a couple of days. No resting, no rotation, the best set of players available.

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My team for the Palace match – without resting players

And the next one is with those important on Saturday rested with some players given playing time.

Team with most of the players rested
Team with most of the players rested

Still, it is a must win game, especially now that the neighbors lost two points at Newcastle!


WestBrom – another wasted chance

Once again, the “one step forward, two steps backwards” scenario kicked us in the face – we could have applied some pressure on the top four and even on Tottenham & Arsenal.

Bad decisions before the game (starting XI), some sort of insanity during the game (well, can’t explain Mata’s behavior…), bad in-game management, poor substitutions. I still thought United should win it even with ten men on the pitch, but it wasn’t to be. And everything that had been built in the four games prior to this, was forgotten in a second.

Next up Liverpool, Europa League.

ratings westbrom
Ratings vs West Brom

After the game verdict – Watford

After a couple of nice performances another bad one – we were lucky enough not to concede a couple of times.

Blind had a bad day, and particularly in the first half, Watford could have scored some goals. Still, a win is a win, and the most important thing is that this season we more often lost these kinds of games than won. And finally, we could capitalize on the others loss!

But I just don’t like watching us fighting defenders in the 87th minute at the corner flag only to waste time. The last time I enjoyed that was vs Everton a couple of years ago (2007, I guess) but then it was Rooney who made the defenders look like… errm, it doesn’t matter. And then we moved 5 points clear on the table to win the league…

watford ratings
Ratings vs Watford

And the subs. Poor Darmian really had a bad day.

The subs vs Watford

Player ratings vs Arsenal

Hey, what a great game this was. Really, it was a throwback to better times in terms of performances, youth and even managerial skills. I really can’t remember seeing LVG in the technical zone.

Anyway, my ratings are here and hopefully you can follow them after every match – unless Manchester Evening News suspends posting the form after the matches. (Just like I can’t always find their form to post your planned XI for the games.)

(But then if they do then I can post my own without a picture of it. Never mind, I’ll sort that out later.)

ratings v arsenal
Here they go – ratings for the game vs Arsenal

So, what do you think of it?

Last gameweek predictions

How sad it is, but we here we are again, end of the season, only one match before the two months without proper football.

Only the window and some games in the States – but hopefully a decent window.

hull city
The team v Hull City

So, last chance to send me your predictions!

Matches My prds Luca’s prds Results My pts L’s pts
Arsenal v West Brom 1-1 1-3 4-1 0 0
Aston Villa v Burnley 2-0 2-3 0-1 0 2
Chelsea v Sunderland 2-0 4-1 3-1 2 1
Crystal Palace v Swansea City 2-1 0-3 1-0 2 0
Everton v Tottenham 2-1 1-2 0-1 0 2
Hull City v Manchester United 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 0
Leicester City v QPR 1-1 0-2 5-1 0 0
Manchester City v Southampton 3-0 0-1 2-0 1 0
Newcastle Utd v West Ham 1-1 3-0 2-0 0 1
Stoke City v Liverpool 2-1 3-3 6-1 1 0
Total points this week 6 6
Best points 12 11
Most correct result/week 2 2
Head-to-head bf this week 5 5

Round 37 and the game against Arsenal

Almost at the end of the season, mathematically a very important one point needed for United to secure a fourth place finish to enter the qualifying period of the Champions League. Though our superior goal difference probably means even if we loose both games (Arsenal and Hull City) we can still remain in fourth.

So, there are only two games left, and then only the summer to enjoy with the offseason and the transfer window. I expect us doing business at the beginning, with some of the big names leaving Old Trafford – and new ones arriving.

Well, gameweek 37 predictions, as ever, feel free to post yours.

The game v Arsenal
Matches My prds Luca’s prds Results My pts L’s pts
Burnley v Stoke City 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 2-0 0-1 1-3 0 1
Manchester Utd v Arsenal 1-1 1-0 1-1 3 0
QPR v Newcastle United 2-1 2-2 2-1 3 0
Southampton v Aston Villa 2-1 0-2 6-1 1 0
Sunderland v Leicester City 2-0 2-0 0-0 0 0
Swansea v Manchester City 1-1 3-3 2-4 0 0
Tottenham v Hull City 3-0 0-2 2-0 1 0
West Brom v Chelsea 1-1 3-1 3-0 0 1
West Ham v Everton 2-1 2-0 1-2 0 0
Total points this week 9 5
Best points 12 11
Most correct result/week 2 2
Head-to-head bf this week 5 5

Gameweek 36, Crystal Palace

I can’t really write anything, so this time I’m just gonna post the table.

OK, no, it’s quite a good match ahead, Palace away, they are in twelfth position, rather secure – but remember last year, when Liverpool thought the same? They lost their title to them. Anyway, we can win and we can loose the 4th place by the time the game finishes at Stamford Bridge.

So, if there is a must win game, then this one is.

But then, on the other hand, we seem to be heading for a nice pre-window, as we seem to be doing our business before it, so that the deals are finalized prior to the opening of transfer season. Good news, really, with Depay coming in July at the beginning of the tour and the pre-season.

And there’s more to follow, as we are said.

And my team, I was really tempted to leave de Gea out, because he’s just…, I don’t know, I don’t understand this situation with his contract. He should make up his mind and clear it completely. I would go for di Maria, to have an attacking line-up, and give it all we can.

team v crystal palace
My team v Crystal Palace

And my predictions, here they are.

Matches My prds Luca’s prds Results My pts L’s pts
Arsenal v Swansea City 2-0 0-1 0-1 0 3
Aston Villa v West Ham United 1-1 1-0 1-0 0 3
Chelsea v Liverpool 1-1 2-2 1-1 3 1
Crystal Palace v Manchester Utd 1-1 0-2 1-2 0 1
Everton v Sunderland 2-0 0-0 0-2 0 0
Hull City v Burnley 2-0 2-1 0-1 0 0
Leicester City v Southampton 1-1 3-3 2-0 0 0
Manchester City v QPR 3-0 1-3 6-0 1 0
Newcastle Utd v West Brom 1-1 1-0 1-1 3 0
Stoke City v Tottenham 2-2 2-0 3-0 0 1
Total points this week 7 9
Best points 12 11
Most correct result/week 2 2
Head-to-head bf this week 5 4