Olise’s late free-kick resulted in a draw
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes regrets missed opportunity (Adam Davy / PA)
Manchester United’s nine-match winning streak was ended after Michael Olise’s stunning stoppage-time free-kick earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
Erik ten Hag’s men are on course for second place in the Premier League table after Bruno Fernandes’ first-half opener.
But Olise’s late goal means they now head to leaders Arsenal on Sunday eight points adrift and missing key midfieldeeeeeeeeer Casemiro, who will be suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the end of the season.
United debutant Wout Weghorst nearly opened the account for his new team, driving a first-half header over the bar, while a brilliant save by David De Gea denied the hosts a first-half lead.
Fernandes gave the visitors the lead before half-time, and United looked poised to make it 10 wins in a row in all competitions before Olise leveled.
United dominated possession from the start but failed to create clear chances, with the in-form Marcus Rashford – who had scored in all seven of his games since returning from the previous World Cup – overwhelmed by the home defence.
Marc Guehi did well to stop the England forward from turning a dangerous run into the opener and in the 10th minute the visitors managed just one shot from Fernandes, who was dangerously tipped over by Vicente Guaita before his defenders were cleared.
Luke Shaw almost opened the scoring but steered his powerful shot wide of Guaita’s right post, while United survived a threat when Lisandro Martinez appeared to catch an elbow and lay on the pitch as he was treated by medical staff.
He was deemed fit to continue and returned to action wearing a band over his head.
Weghorst nearly opened his account for United when he rose to meet Luke Shaw’s cross from the left but the Dutch striker nodded just over the bar.
United came close again when Rashford headed in a free-kick in the 39th minute.
The Eagles were inches from the lead when Olise found Odsonne Edouard, who directed a strike into the top left corner but was denied by a brilliant save from De Gea, who tipped his finger at the ball before it hit the crossbar.
And soon after the visitors broke the deadlock when Christian Eriksen set up Fernandes, who tapped in before firing past Guaita to finish a well-worked move in the 44th minute.
Patrick Vieira made his first change in the 56th minute and, when Eberechi Eze came on for Jean-Philippe Mateta, the outfield forward took advantage of the break and somehow made it to midfield, where he appeared to have snapped a selfie with Casemiro earlier. late control.
United wanted a penalty when Chris Richards broke Scott McTominay’s run but a VAR check left the hosts unharmed.
Palace then attacked, with Guehi’s low header blocked by De Gea.
The hosts continued to press for an equalizer when Olise crossed for Nathaniel Clyne, whose cross into the six-yard box eluded all of his team-mates.
Casemiro avoided a yellow card until he was penalized for challenging Wilfried Zaha in the 80th minute.
That looked to be the home side’s misery until Olise brilliantly curled his free-kick into the top corner.
Both sides had chances to score winners, with Casemiro nearly earning a corner at one end before Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s superb challenge denied Zaha at the other.