Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Crystal Palace

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to play out a stalemate with Crystal Palace on Sunday

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to play out another stalemate with Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils settled for a point in a dour goalless draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday night as Argentina international Sergio Romero saved a penalty on the south coast.

Manchester United haven’t won a Premier League game in their last five outings to ensure the Red Devils will finish in sixth place in the table in their first season under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils will take on Eredivisie giants Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday night as Manchester United look to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Manchester United’s clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson wrote:

“Crystal Palace are safe from relegation and in normal circumstances I would be expecting an open game on the final day of the season.

“But I have no idea what sort of team either manager will put out, so it is very difficult to predict the outcome.

“Jose Mourinho will make lots of changes before Wednesday’s Europa League final, but he has such a big squad that it could still be a strong Manchester United side, if he wants it to be.”

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Manchester Unite signed four players in the summer transfer window following Mourinho’s appointment as their new manager.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup after a 3-2 win against Southampton back in February.

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