Three Manchester United players who must start against Crystal Palace

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday with the opportunity to end their disappointing campaign on a high note. With that in mind, we’ve looked at who must start at Wembley.

Anthony Martial

Martial has consistently been Man United’s most dangerous player this season and his side’s hopes of victory will largely depend on whether he is fit and firing on all cylinders.

The Frenchman’s quick feet and close control gives the opposition a number of problems and he will be keen to run at what has been a fragile Palace defence recently. The hope is that Martial can repeat his semi-final heroics, when he scored a last-gasp winner against Everton.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney has found a new lease of life in midfield as of late and he will be tasked with controlling the middle of the park at Wembley.

The United captain put in a sensational performance against Bournemouth last time out, pulling the strings at Old Trafford and regularly finding his teammates with a range of passing while also doing the dirty work at the back. But the likes of Palace’s Yohan Cabaye will be keen to ensure Rooney doesn’t have it all his own way.

Marcus Rashford

The 18-year-old was playing academy football at the start of the season but he may well end it lifting the FA Cup.

Rashford’s rise to prominence has been a remarkable one but he is in the team on merit. Lately, his touch, movement and intelligence on the pitch has all been top class along with his excellent scoring record. His combination play with Martial will be central to United’s gameplan.

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