Tentative speak of Manchester United being Premier League title challengers was stored in test on Wednesday by the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, says Samuel Luckhurst, chief United author for the Manchester Night Information.
Michael Olise’s late free-kick denied United a tenth consecutive win and prevented Erik ten Hag’s workforce from transferring above neighbours Manchester Metropolis into second spot.
Luckhurst believes the draw had been coming.
“United haven’t gained a recreation away from residence by multiple objective all season,” he informed BBC Radio 5 Reside Breakfast.
“That methodology of slim wins on the street will all the time really feel fairly unsustainable over the course of the entire season.”
Ten Hag additionally handed a debut to new mortgage signing Wout Weghorst, who toiled alone up entrance earlier than being changed after 69 minutes.
“He did OK, was tidy sufficient,” mentioned Luckhurst. “He was fairly innocent when he had his headed likelihood.
“The vital factor was that he didn’t compromise United’s strategy play. They nonetheless seemed fluid and it was peculiar they settled for the one objective. If you do this, you are taking part in a harmful recreation.”