Player ratings as late Olise stunner halts Red Devils

Manchester United were denied a tenth straight win in all competitions by a stunning late free-kick from Michael Olise as Crystal Palace grabbed a point in the Premier League at Selhurst Park. Bruno Fernandes had given Erik ten Hag’s side a first-half lead but they couldn’t see it.

United established early dominance and it was a nervous moment for Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita as he played an early cross with debutant Wout Weghorst looking for scraps. Luke Shaw soon threatened too with a well struck half volley which just narrowly missed the far post.

Even with less ball, Patrick Vieira will have been generally pleased with the way his side went about the opening quarter of the game, although a moment’s hesitation between Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell gave Antony enough goal sniff to try and chip one over Guaita.

Marcus Rashford lined up a free-kick in the closing stages of the first half but will have been disappointed to see it not really threaten the goal as it missed to the left.

Palace actually came very close to breaking the deadlock just before United did when Odsonne Edouard fired a shot from 20 yards that looked to be going into the top corner. But David de Gea threw up a hand and tipped it onto the bar and over.

The United opener was far too easy from a Palace perspective. Christian Eriksen was untracked as he raced forward and it was a simple square ball from the Dane to Fernandes in space to finish from the center of the box.

The visitors kept control after the break, took the sting out of the game, and thought they should have been awarded a penalty as the second half ticked away when substitute Scott McTominay fell as Chris Richards pounced. Nothing was given in real time, while a VAR check ruled that it was not enough of an error even though Richard did not appear to win the ball.

The slim lead proved precarious with just 15 minutes remaining when Guehi headed home which De Gea equalized with a strong hand. Palace had struggled to create much all night so it was perhaps to be expected that a death soloist would be their way back in.

It seemed too ambitious when Olise lined up a late free-kick to the right of the penalty area. But he hit a curling left-footed effort off the underside of the bar, with De Gea eventually beaten.

The final minutes saw a late surge as both had chances to win it in stoppage time, with Casemiro unable to adjust his body in time as the ball flashed across the six-yard box and Alejandro Garnacho stung the palms of Guaita. At the other end, Aaron Wan-Bissaka stretched every sinew with an inch-perfect sliding tackle to stop Wilfried Zaha from getting in on goal.

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha had a challenging night / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

GK: Vicente Guaita – 5/10 – Had an early nervy moment but wasn’t really too bothered given how much possession his side conceded to United.

RB: Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10 – Had a much better night against Rashford than most right backs have managed in the last month.

CB: Chris Richards – 6/10 – Standing in for Joachim Andersen on his full Premier League debut. Maybe lucky not to give away a penalty but otherwise competed well.

CB: Marc Guehi – 6/10 – Had more than one shaky moment, either through hesitation or carelessness. Forced a top save from De Gea in the second half.

LB: Tyrick Mitchell – 7/10 – Showed good energy up and down the flank to try and support the attack.

CM: Cheick Doucoure – 6/10 – Shut down and didn’t track the run of Eriksen when United scored late in the first half. Disappointing because he would have done well otherwise.

CM: Will Hughes – 6/10 – Didn’t hold the ball particularly well which hurt Palace offensively. Disciplined and tenacious off the ball.

RM: Michael Olise – 7/10 – Looked like the liveliest source of creativity in the Palace team in general. But it was a fantastic late set-piece that made the difference in the end.

AM: Odsonne Edouard – 5/10 – Almost gave Palace a spectacular lead. Not enough quality otherwise.

LM: Wilfried Zaha – 5/10 – Things didn’t quite go his way and he ended up looking frustrated.

ST: Jean-Philippe Mateta – 5/10 – Didn’t have much to feed on and barely saw the ball.

Substitute

SUB: Eberechi Eze (56′ for Mateta) – 6/10

SUB: Jordan Ayew (71′ for Edouard) – 6/10

SUB: Jeffrey Schlupp (71′ for Doucoure) – 6/10

SUB: Luka Milivojevic (84′ for Hughes) – N/A

Manager

Patrick Vieira – 6/10 – His team seemed to have the right defensive shape for the most part, although it wasn’t enough going forward and it needed a solid situation.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes scores first goal for Man Utd / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

GK: David de Gea – 8/10 – Made a dazzling save late on from Edouard at 0-0 in the first half and made another outstanding save from Guehi with not much time left. But he couldn’t reach Olise’s late stunner.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8/10 – Impressive defensive performance against his former team, including a last-ditch tackle on Zaha to stop Palace potentially winning it.

CB: Raphael Varane – 7/10 – Always looked in control against what was a fairly blunt Palace attack.

CB: Lisandro Martinez – 6/10 – First Premier League start since the World Cup and was met with a knock to the head, a bloody card and a bandaged head.

LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – Back to the left and had no real problems.

CM: Casemiro – 8/10 – Having a world-class defensive midfielder has made United a genuine force and this was no different. Won the ball back so often. But a yellow card will see him suspended for Sunday’s crucial trip to Arsenal.

CM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – An intelligent shot forward scored the opening goal.

RM: Antony – 5/10 – Still not firing on all cylinders. Decision making needs to be improved.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – 7/10 – Scored in consecutive Premier League games.

LM: Marcus Rashford – 7/10 – Not as explosive as he has been of late but still involved and set Eriksen free to create the chance that gave his side the lead.

ST: Wout Weghorst – 7/10 – Straight in for his debut from the start and looked to impress. His movement that drew away defenders helped create space for Fernandes to break the deadlock.

Substitute

SUB: Scott McTominay (69′ for Weghorst) – 6/10

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (70′ for Antony) – 7/10

SUB: Peace (83′ for Eriksen) – N/A

Manager

Erik ten Hag – 8/10 – The philosophy and principles remained the same despite some personnel adjustments. That continuity and identity, which had been missing for nine years before his arrival, has directly contributed to United’s revival. Couldn’t account for the fantastic free kick equaliser.

Player of the match – Casemiro (Man Utd)

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