Crystal Palace 1-1 Manchester United: Michael Olise dents title challenge as Casemiro ruled out Arsenal clash

Out of this world: Olise’s stunning free-kick shocked Man United  (Getty Images)
Out of this world: Olise’s stunning free-kick shocked Man United (Getty Images)

Michael Olise hit a stunning late free-kick to stun Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

Bruno Fernandes had given the away side the lead in the first-half as Erik ten Hag’s side looked set to go into Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal off the back of ten consecutive wins.

Michael Olise hit a stunning late free-kick to stun Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

Bruno Fernandes had given the away side the lead in the first-half as Erik ten Hag’s side looked set to go into Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal off the back of ten consecutive wins.

The week has been dominated by talk of British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership bid for England’s most decorated club as it seeks to restore its former glory.

But whatever is happening off the pitch, on it United were in rude health after the weekend win over Manchester City.

Brimming with confidence they gave a debut to on-loan striker Wout Weghorst, but it was a more familiar face who opened the scoring.

An even first half was almost up at a chilly Selhurst Park when Fernandes was picked out by Christian Eriksen’s pass and he fired an unstoppable shot into the net.

United controlled most of the second period but could not hang on as Olise sent a curling free kick past David de Gea.

United moved into third place with 39 points, the same as City who have a better goal difference. Arsenal, who United face on Sunday, have 47 having played a game less.

City face fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

Additional reporting from Reuters