|Michael Olise bends one past David De Gea to level matters at Selhurst on Wednesday. It ended 1-1. (Photo credit: BBC)|
Michael Olise’s stoppage time free-kick canceled out Bruno Fernandes’ opener to end Manchester United’s winning streak and put a dent in their unprecedented title hopes.
Nine straight wins in all competitions threw the Red Devils into the title race but dropping two points from a winning position at Crystal Palace on Monday now means they’re eight points off the top of the log having played a game more than the Gunners.
United went into the game as favorites but the first half was such drab until the last minute of the half when Fernandes fired home the opener. The Portuguese playmaker’s goal looked set to hand United their tenth straight win until Olise’s majestic free kick happened.
It went from bad to worse for the visitors as Casemiro will miss the big weekend clash against Arsenal after copping his fifth booking of the season. It’s a big blow considering he’s been key to their impressive winning streak.
"We're not happy with a draw. We should have taken our chances and closed the game," Fernandes said. "They scored a great goal at the end. Nothing we can do now.
United will travel back to London on Sunday to play the league leaders Arsenal. Manchester United won the reverse fixture albeit in controversial circumstances after protests trailed the VAR decision to rule out Arsenal’s supposed opener by Gabriel Martinelli.
A loss against Arsenal would knock United completely out of the title race but a win could be the beginning of a brave title charge.