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Who will line up for Manchester United in the final game against Palace?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he hopes he isn't "killed" when he reveals his team to play Crystal Palace on Sunday.

With the Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday, Mourinho will not take any risks in the last Premier League game of the season. There is nothing on the line for either team, with United guaranteed to finish sixth and Sam Allardyce's side already safe from relegation.

That means Mourinho is set to field a team of youngsters and fringe players who will not start at Stockholm's Friends Arena next week, though he did confirm that Paul Pogba and Timothy Fosu-Mensah would play some part.

Here's a look at who else is in contention to line up against Palace.

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GK: Joel Pereira. Mourinho has already revealed Pereira will make his full debut on Sunday. The goalkeeper, 20, impressed during a loan spell at Belenenses before Christmas and made his senior debut as a late substitute against Wigan in the FA Cup in January. He's already been described by Mourinho as the "best young goalkeeper in Portugal."

LB: Demetri Mitchell. The 20 -year-old was on the bench against Tottenham and Southampton but is yet to make his debut. He joined United's academy as a winger but has been converted into a left-back by Under-23s coach Nicky Butt this season. After impressing in his new role, he was brought into the first-team squad after Luke Shaw's season was ended by an ankle ligament injury. On Tuesday, Mitchell was called into the England U20s squad for this summer's Toulon Tournament.

CB: Eric Bailly. His red card against Celta Vigo means the Ivory Coast defender will play no part in Stockholm. He looked to have picked up a knock in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday night but Mourinho said afterwards he would be fit to face Crystal Palace.

CB: Phil Jones. Mourinho has hinted Daley Blind will start at centre-back against Ajax, leaving one spot for either Chris Smalling for Phil Jones. The United manager has usually preferred Smalling meaning Jones would be available to face Palace.

RB: Matthew Olosunde. The defender, 20, travelled with first-team squad for the trip to Arsenal on May 7 but is yet to make his first senior appearance. Olosunde arrived at Old Trafford from MLS side New York Red Bulls in January 2016 and has played for both the U18s and Nicky Butt's U23s, either at full-back, centre-back or in midfield.

CM: Matty Willock. Michael Carrick is not guaranteed to start against Ajax but it might still be considered too big a risk to play him from the start against Palace. Mourinho has said Willock, 20, will be part of the squad on Sunday after the midfielder was on the bench against West Bromwich Albion in April.

CM: Axel Tuanzebe. The 19-year-old is likely to travel to Sweden but he may not make the bench. And it means he could make his fourth Premier League start in a row against Crystal Palace. It's likely to again come in midfield after making his full debut against Arsenal at right-back. He is yet to play for the first-team in his preferred role at centre-back.

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Scott McTominay is set for his first start.

AM: Scott McTominay. He is usually a midfielder but has spent a lot of time up front for the U23s this season to help Butt cope with a striker shortage. He made his debut as a late substitute for Juan Mata against Arsenal and is set to get his first start against Crystal Palace.

RW: Zak Dearnley. The 18-year-old was the surprise name Mourinho mentioned when listing the young players in contention to feature against Crystal Palace. The winger did well as a substitute in the U23s' 3-2 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday -- in front of Mourinho -- and it could be enough to earn him a senior debut. He has had injury problems in the past but in 2015 scored in consecutive games at Old Trafford in Youth Cup ties against Hull and Bury.

LW: Anthony Martial. Mourinho's forward line in Stockholm is likely to be Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, leaving Anthony Martial to settle for a place on the bench. The Frenchman will be an important impact player if things are not going to plan against Ajax but he should start against Palace.

ST: Wayne Rooney. Rooney could start up front against Crystal Palace with Rashford set to reclaim his place against Ajax. It could be the record-breaking striker's last United appearance at Old Trafford as he is expected to leave the club at the end of the season, but Mourinho insisted it was "unlikely."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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