The Eagles managed to secure victory at Selhurst Park in front of an expectant crowd to cap a good debut season with Patrick Vieira at the helm thanks to another goal from Wilfried Zaha against his former employers.
22nd May 2022
Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United
Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Richard West. Fourth official: Josh Smith. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall.
BOOKINGS – Will Hughes (43), Hannibal Mejbri (44), Diogo Dalot (59), Odsonne Edouard (63), Victor Lindelof (84), Bruno Fernandes (90)
RED CARD – none
Wilfried Zaha (37)
A win over United is always welcome but you just don’t know what you are going to get in the final game of the season. A goal from Zaha was enough to secure the victory over a poor United side but take nothing away from Palace who ended up finishing in 12th place and it was good to see a full debut for Jesrun Rak-Sakyi. The Eagles had enough to get past the victors in this match up and it was a perfect end to a season that gave plenty more than most Palace fans expected after a busy summer. There is no promise that the up-coming summer will not be much different with the promise of comings and goings, the names of which are yet to be confirmed.
13 Vicente Guaita (7), 17 Nathaniel Clyne (7), 16 Joachim Andersen (7), 2 Joel Ward (7), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 12 Will Hughes (6), 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (7), 49 Jesrun Rak-Sakyi (6), 23 Conor Gallagher (7), 11 Wilfried Zaha (8), 22 Odsonne Edouard (7)
SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 4 Luka Milivojevic, 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (6 – replaced Rak-Sakyi on 67 mins), 9 Jordan Ayew, 10 Eberechi Eze (6 – replaced Edouard on 79 mins), 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 18 James McArthur (6 – replaced Hughes on 83 mins), 20 Christian Benteke, 34 Martin Kelly
1 de Gea, 20 Dalot, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 27 Telles, 39 McTominay, 17 Fred, 36 Elanga, 18 Bruno Fernandes, 46 Mejbri, 21 Cavani
SUBSTITUTES – 3 Bailly, 4 Jones, 8 Mata (replaced Mejbri on 62 mins), 19 Varane, 22 Heaton, 47 Shoretire (replaced Fred on 75 mins), 72 Savage, 74 Fernandez, 75 Garnacho Ferreyra (replaced Dalot on 79 mins)
POST GAME QUOTES
PATRICK VIEIRA – “It was really important for us. We really wanted to finish the really good season with a win and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the players. I really enjoyed working every single day with them. This is a really good group of professional players and to deal with them on and off the field was really easy.
“The message is really clear and really simple. It’s been a really good season. I think we have to recognise the really hard work from the staff, from the technical department to the press office, medical staff, we’ve been working really well and I think they deserve a lot of credit.
“Of course what is important is I strongly believe there is a really good identity at the club. There is a really strong relationship between the fans and the players and this is important to maintain. We had really good success at home because of the support the fans gave to us game after game.”
RALPH RANGNICK – “We would have loved to take care of ourselves but in a way the game was indicative of last couple of weeks, especially when we played away from home.
“It was a new experience for me, not necessary coming in the middle of the season but knowing that it would be an interim role. Unfortunately we didn’t have any pre-season and unfortunately we couldn’t strengthen the squad.
“These things happen and in hindsight it was a little bit bittersweet or sweet bitter rather because in the first couple of weeks and months did well. We collected enough points with an average of 2.1 until the game against Atletico but I think that defeat in the Champions League was in a way like somebody popped the balloon.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (7.8) while Bruno Fernandes (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Alex Telles, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Elanga and Scott McTominay (3) as the most dribbles were by Odsonne Edouard, Alex Telles, and Bruno Fernandes (2)
- Team rating: 6.72 – 6.30
- Total shots: 6 – 10
- Shots on target: 3 – 4
- Possession: 38.4% – 61.6%
- Pass success: 73% – 83%
- Passes: 319 – 514
- Dribbles: 6 – 7
- Aerials won: 8 – 10
- Tackles: 7 – 17
- Fouls: 12 – 22
- Corners: 3 – 6
- Saves: 4 – 2
- Dispossessed: 6 – 6
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace ended the season in 12th place with 48 points from 38 games played, a point behind Newcastle in 11th and two points ahead of Brentford in 13th.
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