Four observations after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park

Manchester United’s winning run of nine games across all competitions came to an end at Selhurst Park tonight.

Everything appeared to be going to plan at half-time. A one-goal lead against a side that offered nothing in the first 45 minutes.

Bruno Fernandes’ clinical finish before the break gave the Reds the lead, but Michael Olise scored a stunning free-kick in stoppage time recused a point for Patrick Vieira’s Palace.

De Gea at his best

Just three minutes prior to Fernandes’ opener, David de Gea produced the save of the season. It will take something special to beat the save he made to prevent Odsonne Edouard as he deflected the effort from long range onto the bar.

Marc Guehi had a headed chance late in the second half but it wasn’t beating De Gea.

It took something special to beat the Spaniard tonight. I don’t think there’s a goalkeeper in the world stopping Olise’s free-kick.

Casemiro suspended

I don’t blame Erik ten Hag for starting Casemiro tonight, even though he went into the game walking on a tightrope — being just a booking away from missing Sunday’s clash at The Emirates.

He managed to steer clear of any reckless tackles until the 80th minute when he hauled down Wilfried Zaha.

Ten Hag looked on disappointed from the sideline as the yellow card was shown to the Brazilian.

Quiet debut for Weghorst

The Netherlands international held the line very well in the first-half and some of his back-to-goal play was impressive. Weghorst had one real attempt on goal when he sent a header over the bar.

The 30-year-old lasted 69 minutes on his debut before being replaced by Scott McTominay.

Once Christian Eriksen and Fernandes familiarise themselves with Weghorst’s preferred runs into the box, he will be finding the back of the net.

Stonewall penalty not given

Shortly after coming off the bench, McTominay was fouled by Chris Richards inside the box. VAR didn’t see anything wrong with the challenge but it looked a stonewall penalty after multiple replays.

The fact of the matter is, United fans will be talking about that McTominay penalty decision tomorrow, while talkSPORT and co play a blind eye to it after their endless bickering over MUFC and referee decisions.

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