Eagles snatch point with free kick stunner

Eagles Snatch Point With Free Kick Stunner
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Crystal Palace have just surprised the Red Devils, snatching a point from death with a spectacular free kick. The draw means Palace are still 12th, while United occupy what was Newcastle’s place to level the points with City.

Manchester United were ready to continue their breakthrough form, but the Eagles had other ideas. Olise’s last-minute strike means Palace deprive Ten Hag’s men of the three points.

Erik ten Hag’s side led thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ first-half goal at Selhurst Park as they sought to register their longest winning streak in 14 years. But Olise halted United’s run to nine successive wins in all competitions when he broke a breathtaking set-piece past David de Gea in the dying seconds. It was a blow for United, who were hoping to climb to second place in the Premier League and put pressure on leaders Arsenal ahead of their visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

After beating City 2-1 in the Manchester derby on Saturday, United left freezing south London disappointed at not making it 10 in a row. Instead, United moved into third place, level on points with champions Manchester City and eight adrift of Mikel Arteta’s best players. City would be three points clear of United if they beat Tottenham on Thursday. United, who have not won the title since 2013, can still put some pressure on Arsenal if they beat the Gunners in north London.

Just 24 hours after British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos company declared its interest in buying United, Ten Hag is making the Old Trafford club more valuable to potential new owners day by day, whatever that may be. reverse. Palace beat United in south London on the final day of last season in the dismal culmination of Ralf Rangnick’s lackluster reign as caretaker boss. United were revitalized by Ten Hag over the next eight months and the contrast between the two eras was immediately evident.

Ten Hag’s side closed in on an opener when Luke Shaw fired a half-volley just wide of the far post from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pass. Wout Weghorst was making his United debut after arriving on loan from Burnley after his spell at Besiktas was cut short. The only goal in sight for the Dutch striker in 70 minutes was a header on the roof of the net from a Shaw cross.

United frustrated

After being blocked for much of the first half, Palace mounted a menacing attack when Odsonne Edouard’s 25-yard blast was knocked brilliantly over the bar by De Gea. United were unfazed and took a clinical lead after 44 minutes. Fernandes scored United’s controversial equalizer in the Manchester derby on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford clearly offside before the Portuguese midfielder scored.

There was no doubt about this one as Christian Eriksen swept the palace area and cut off his pass to unmarked Fernandes, who took a throw-in before firing powerfully past Vicente Guaita at 12 meters. While Fernandes was in the spotlight, Eriksen’s seventh league assist since joining United last year underscored the Dane’s value. Unbeaten in the league despite leading at half-time since September 2014, United had won each of the last 15 league matches in which they had scored the opening goal.

They remained in control for much of the second half, helped by an influential display from Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who was so unfazed he even posed for a selfie with a fan invading the pitch. The stewards were slow to react to the supporter, who stood next to Casemiro for several seconds and was almost off the field again before finally being intercepted by security. Rashford was aiming to become the first United player since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003 to score in eight consecutive appearances.

But his hot streak ended as he cut wide from the edge of the area and United faded in the closing stages. Marc Guehi’s header nearly equalized as De Gea pushed it back. Palace snatched their leveler to death when Olise bent a sublime free-kick over the wall and into the bar from 30 yards out.