Manchester United were shocked after a superb late equalizer from Crystal Palace’s Michael Ulis to earn a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Ulis’ injury-time free kick canceled out Bruno Fernandes’ goal just before half-time, which seemed to be enough to give Manchester United a 10-match winning streak in all competitions for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
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Instead, the draw meant United failed to leapfrog Manchester City into second place in the table, remaining below their rivals, who had played a game less, on goal difference.
It will be a huge disappointment for manager Erik ten Hag as his side failed to build on the come-from-behind victory over local rivals in the Manchester derby on Saturday. To make matters worse, Casemiro picked up a yellow card in the second half meaning he will be suspended for Sunday’s clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Ten Hag made three changes from the 2-1 win over City, including Dutch striker Wout Weghorst replacing the injured Anthony Martial to make his Manchester United debut following his loan move from Burnley.
Man United dominated possession from outside the pitch against the hosts sitting on top of their rivals. But there were few real chances for United or their new striker. Weghorst’s best look on goal came in the first 45 minutes when he sent a tricky header into the roof of the net from a Luke Shaw cross.
While Shaw fired half a chance from his own wide, Ten Hag’s side were beholden to a superb save from David de Gea to prevent Palace striking first.
Despite having nothing to do up to that point, De Gea springs to life in the 40th minute, deflecting Edouard’s shot from the edge of the penalty area onto the crossbar with his outstretched fingertips.
Almost under four minutes behind, Man United were leading.
Rounding off the visitors’ best move of the match, Eriksen was allowed to run into Casemiro’s pass down the left of the penalty area before patiently chipping away Fernandes in the middle with a drop back. From there, the in-form Portugal international bided his time before firing past Vicente Guaita to score in back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
The match was halted briefly in the second half when a pitch invader approached Casemiro asking for a selfie.
United thought they should have had the chance to extend their lead in the last 20 minutes when substitute Scott McTominay fell under a challenge from USA defender Chris Richards, making his Premier League debut. However, the VAR review upheld the decision that there was no penalty.
As the match drew to a close, Palace began to put some intense pressure on their opponents for the first time. And again De Gea was called into action, this time saving a header from Marc Guehi.
Despite offering little to get ahead in the second half, it looked like United would do enough to hold on to all three points until a stunning Olys intervention.