Wilfried Zaha scored the winner against his old club
Manchester United ended the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally, after being beaten at Crystal Palace in front of new manager Erik ten Hag.
Former United winger Wilfried Zaha scored the winning goal in the first half, latching onto a through ball and turning Diogo Dalot before drilling a low finish into the corner.
United finished the disappointing campaign in sixth place but clinched a Europa League spot despite the loss - as West Ham were beaten by Brighton - while Palace ended the season in a respectable 12th place.
Zaha's goal proved to be enough against a rudderless United side playing in front of Ten Hag, who was in the stands at Selhurst Park. The Dutchman is taking over a team from Ralf Rangnick which is bereft of any leadership or confidence.
The departing Edinson Cavani had a snapshot clawed out by Vicente Guaita and the Spanish keeper also brilliantly tipped over United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri's first-time effort from the edge of the box.
Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp both had low shots kept out by David de Gea, but United's number one could do nothing about Zaha's 37th-minute goal, which nestled into the bottom corner.
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Monumental job on Ten Hag's hands
United will be thankful a forgettable 2021-22 campaign has finally come to an end, collecting 58 points - their poorest return in the Premier League era.
They finished last season in second place behind Manchester City, but ended this term four places and 16 points worse off than last year.
Ten Hag left his Ajax job early, but from what he saw from his new players in person for the first time in south London on Sunday, he will know he has a monumental job on his hands.
Reports of infighting between players, leaks to the media and complaining of their training schedule under Rangnick have left the Red Devils squad broken.
There could well be upheaval in the playing department too, with Cavani making his last appearance, Nemanja Matic confirmed as leaving in the summer, and first-teamers Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard all out of contract too.
After falling behind, United created few chances, with Bruno Fernandes' form tailing off particularly badly from last season as his side ended up losing their last six away games in the league.
United have also ended with a goal difference of zero - but can take small comfort from qualifying for Europe's secondary competition, which could lead to the Champions League should they go all the way and win it.
More to follow.
Player of the match
with an average of 7.47
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Crystal PalaceAvgSquad number10Player nameEzeAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameZahaAverage rating
Squad number23Player nameGallagherAverage rating
Squad number18Player nameMcArthurAverage rating
Squad number22Player nameÉdouardAverage rating
Squad number3Player nameMitchellAverage rating
Squad number15Player nameSchluppAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameKouyatéAverage rating
Squad number12Player nameHughesAverage rating
Squad number49Player nameRak-SakyiAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameWardAverage rating
Squad number16Player nameAndersenAverage rating
Squad number17Player nameClyneAverage rating
Squad number13Player nameGuaitaAverage rating
Manchester UnitedAvgSquad number1Player namede GeaAverage rating
Squad number46Player nameMejbriAverage rating
Squad number21Player nameCavaniAverage rating
Squad number75Player nameAlejandro GarnachoAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameMataAverage rating
Squad number36Player nameElangaAverage rating
Squad number47Player nameShoretireAverage rating
Squad number18Player nameBruno FernandesAverage rating
Squad number39Player nameMcTominayAverage rating
Squad number17Player nameFredAverage rating
Squad number20Player nameDiogo DalotAverage rating
Squad number27Player nameAlex TellesAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameLindelöfAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameMaguireAverage rating
- Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text
- 13Guaita17Clyne16Andersen2Ward3Mitchell12HughesBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcArthurat 83'minutes15Schlupp49Rak-SakyiSubstituted forKouyatéat 67'minutes23Gallagher11Zaha22ÉdouardBooked at 63minsSubstituted forEzeat 79'minutes
- 1Butland4Milivojevic8Kouyaté9J Ayew10Eze14Mateta18McArthur20Benteke34Kelly
1de Gea20Dalot2Lindelöf5Maguire27Telles39McTominay17Fred36Elanga18Bruno Fernandes46Mejbri21Cavani
- 1de Gea20DalotBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGarnacho Ferreyraat 79'minutes2LindelöfBooked at 84mins5Maguire27Telles39McTominay17FredSubstituted forShoretireat 75'minutes36Elanga18Bruno FernandesBooked at 90mins46MejbriBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMataat 62'minutes21Cavani
- 3Bailly4Jones8Mata19Varane22Heaton47Shoretire72Savage74Fernández75Garnacho Ferreyra
Referee:Martin AtkinsonMatch StatsHome TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan UtdPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome6Away10Shots on TargetHome3Away4CornersHome3Away6FoulsHome12Away22Live TextPost update
Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester United 0.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester United 0.
Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
Shola Shoretire (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).
Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).
Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by David de Gea.
Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Will Hughes.
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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