Replays Show That Michael Olize’s Free Kick Was Executed From The Wrong Place in Manchester United’s Draw With Crystal Palace.


Manchester United’s league title was knocked down last night by Crystal Palace’s late equaliser.

The home team equalized the score thanks to a stunning free kick by Michael Olize when the game came to compensated time.

Nevertheless, despite the quality of the strike, United seem to have reasons to be upset about the dead ball problem.

Luke Shaw’s foul for stopping a late Palace attack was committed at least five yards further from the goal than the spot from which the kick was eventually struck.

The free kick was delivered from all 25 yards and right on the threshold of the place from where Olize would have thought about throwing.

If the free kick had been taken from the spot where the foul was committed, Olize would most likely have tried to make an overhang, a scenario that United dealt with all night.

The United players did not notice the hidden advantage, because at that time no one disputed the strike position.

The finish ended United’s winning streak and, more importantly, cost them two vital points ahead of their trip to top of the table Arsenal on Sunday.

United were also disappointed by the decision to reject Scott McTominay’s penalty appeal with just under twenty minutes to go, which would have given them a great chance to end the game.

Erik ten Hag refused to blame the referee for the missed points, citing the team’s inability to score the second goal as the reason for the draw.

“This is what it is, and we have to learn a lesson. [We needed to] invest more for the second goal.” said the boss.

Despite the glitch, United are firmly entrenched in the top four, where they now look the undisputed favourites thanks to their impressive recent performance.


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