Erik ten Hag suffered a painful loss of points in the Premier League with Manchester United on Wednesday. On a visit to Crystal Palace it became 1-1. Wout Weghorst made his debut with a basic place and had already been substituted when United got the equalizer.
Weghorst had a role in Manchester United’s 0-1 just before half-time. The thirty-year-old striker opened a gap, allowing Christian Eriksen to lay the ball ready for Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese did not hesitate and chased the ball into the corner.
Furthermore, Weghorst could not really put his stamp on the game. He had a header in the first half, but saw his effort sail just over the crossbar. In the 69th minute, the nineteen-time Orange international was taken aside.
After that, things went wrong for Ten Hag’s team. In stoppage time, Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise was allowed to score a free kick. He painted it phenomenally in the top corner.
Stand boven in Premier League
- 1. Arsenal 18-47 (42-14)
- 2. Manchester City 18-39 (46-18)
- 3. Manchester United 19-39 (30-22)
- 4. Newcastle United 19-38 (33-11)
- 5. Tottenham Hotspur 19-33 (37-27)
End of close streak for United
Ten Hag sees a nice series come to an end with this. His team won five league matches in a row, including the handsome 2-1 win over fellow townsman Manchester City last Saturday. Crystal Palace away turned out to be too difficult a hurdle.
Weghorst was taken over on a rental basis from Burnley last week, who loaned him to Besiktas for the first half of the season. On Saturday, the Oranjespits was still in the stands at the victory over City. On Wednesday he was allowed to make his debut with a base place. Tyrell Malacia sat on the bench for the entire game.
Manchester United climbs a place in the Premier League due to the draw and is now third. The gap to leader Arsenal is eight points, but the Londoners still have a game in hand. The clash between the two clubs is scheduled for Sunday.