Manchester United missed the chance to move up to second after a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night as Bruno Fernandes’ opener was cancelled out by Michael Olise’s late free-kick.
United were handed double disappointment when Casemiro picked up a late yellow card meaning he will be suspended for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal. Premier League rules state players who pick up five yellow cards in their first 19 league matches of the season will serve a one-game ban.
Meanwhile, new signing Wout Weghorst made his debut on the night, lasting 69 minutes before being replaced by Scott McTominay. Anthony Martial was not in the squad and so Marcus Rashford was pushed up to lead the line for the final 20 minutes.
Antony embarrasses Mitchell
Most fans will have seen the set-to between Antonyand Tyrick Mitchell on 27 minutes when the pair lashed after a coming-together – but United’s number 21 had the last laugh.
The attacker received the ball from the subsequent throw-in and nutmegged Mitchell with a cool backheel to send United on the attack. That wasn’t the only incident Antony was involved in before his exit with 20 minutes to go.
Antony’s words with Fernandes
The 22-year-old’s tendency to roll the ball beneath his boot led to him being criticised by Fernandes who was frustrated with his slow build-up. The Portugal star isn’t afraid to air his demands of his teammates, although Antony didn’t appreciate it on this occasion.
A short argument followed. The pair put it behind them, though, and continued to link up throughout the game.
United fans didn’t miss the opportunity to mention Eric Cantona at Palace’s expense. It’s 28 years next week since his infamous kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park.
The visiting fans sang his name during the first half before Fernandes fired United ahead