Manchester United’s spotless winning streak since the resumption of club football after the World Cup has suffered a setback after the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
Palace came from behind to score in the dying minutes of the game at Selhurst Park to guarantee themselves a share of the points.
United took the lead through Bruno Fernandes, who got on the end of a great ball from Christian Eriksen to rifle the ball beyond Vicente Guaita.
Michael Olise, however, produced an inspired moment when his unstoppable free-kick powered rippled the United net.
While the draw is undoubtedly disappointing, it could have been a sadder affair for United fans.
Palace danger man Wilfried Zaha was through on goal with only De Gea to beat. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, however, who had a masterclass against his former team, spotted the danger.
Wan-Bissaka got on his bike and came up with a trademark sliding tackle inside the box to scupper Zaha’s golden opportunity.
Wan-Bissaka slid from behind and brilliantly took the ball from Zaha, who was denied the opportunity to shoot.
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According to Zaha, he fancied his chance to grab the winner for Palace, but when he discovered Wan-Bissaka was hot on his trail, he got worried.
Zaha said after the match, “If it was any other player.”
“As I was running through, I had a little look back and thought: Oh my God, it’s Aaron [Wan-Bissaka]!”
“He’s the only one who can do that scoop tackle.”
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Zaha may not be wrong; thankfully, last-minute for United fans, Wan-Bissaka was alive to the situation.