Gary Neville believes that Manchester United’s wall wasn’t big enough to prevent Michael Olise from scoring an equalising free-kick for Crystal Palace.

Palace’s number seven scored the free-kick in the first minute of injury time to cancel out Bruno Fernandes’ opener for the Red Devils.

The former Reading man’s wonder strike left David de Gea with no chance and his equalising goal prevented Erik ten Hag‘s side from sealing a tenth consecutive win across all competitions, which would have been the first time the Reds had put together a run of ten straight wins since Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm in 2009.

Gary Neville shares where he believes Manchester United got it wrong for Crystal Palace’s equaliser

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Olise’s free-kick, which went into the back of net via the underside of the crossbar, was about 25 yards out, but De Gea couldn’t get anywhere the Frenchman’s effort.

Fred, Casemiro and Alejandro Garnacho were the three Manchester United players in the three-man wall, but former Reds right-back Neville felt that United’s wall invited Olise to take on the shot.

While 6ft 6in debutant Wout Weghorst had been replaced at this point, the likes of Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford could have all provided some height to the United wall.

But if United had adopted a different approach and put more height into the wall, Olise may have looked to cross the ball into the penalty area instead.

While Neville is understandably irked like every United fan to have conceded a goal so late on, sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say too good.

Given the imperious form De Gea was in once again, it was always going to take something special for the Spaniard to be beaten, and unfortunately for the Red Devils – Olise did just that.

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