Man Utd humiliated as Olise inspires Palace to rout

Manchester United’s season plumbed new depths as they were thrashed 4-0 by a Michael Olise-inspired Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

After Newcastle and Chelsea’s weekend wins dropped United to eighth, Erik ten Hag’s side needed to produce a response in their bid for European qualification – instead, their efforts were called “shambolic” by Ashley Young, the former United player, on Monday Night Football.

Casemiro, in particular, suffered a bruising evening after once again being pressed into action at centre-back. He was left floundering by Olise for Palace’s first goal, with Jamie Carragher calling his attempted tackle “embarrassing”.

Jonny Evans was then comprehensively beaten by Jean-Philippe Mateta as the in-form striker bludgeoned in Palace’s second, with Tyrick Mitchell then prodding in a third.

There was still time for Casemiro to contribute to another Palace goal, being robbed by Daniel Munoz on the touchline, with Olise then whipping a shot past Andre Onana, whose positioning was questionable.

Palace declared on four, satisfied with another memorable win less than three months into Glasner’s promising reign – but United will once again dominate the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

How Palace thrashed sorry Man Utd

Michael Olise celebrates his second goal with Daniel Munoz (right)
Michael Olise celebrates his second goal with Daniel Munoz (right)

United’s injury list shows no sign of shortening, with Bruno Fernandes the latest to succumb as he missed out at Selhurst Park, while Casemiro and Evans – with a combined age of 68 – lined up at centre-back. But this performance – devoid of creativity and fight – cannot be pinned on injuries alone.

Only recently, Ten Hag called United one of the most “entertaining” and “dynamic” sides in the Premier League – but Palace were the only team that fit that description in south London.

The first goal was grimly predictable for United, with Casemiro – who has aged rapidly this season – caught desperately out of position by Olise, who was then able to find the bottom corner after some generous defending by Evans and Diogo Dalot.

Team news

  • Crystal Palace made one change, with Eberechi Eze replacing Jordan Ayew, while captain Marc Guehi returned to the bench after injury.
  • Man Utd made two alterations, with Mason Mount and Jonny Evans replacing the injured Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire.

United briefly thought they had levelled against the run of play when the ball bounced over the line from a corner, only for the officials to correctly punish for Rasmus Hojlund for jumping into Dean Henderson, before Mateta burst past Evans to score his ninth goal in 11 games under Glasner.

Ten Hag sent his side out early for the second half but whatever he tried at half-time failed to work, with Palace continuing to dominate and finally scoring a third when Mitchell scored after Joachim Andersen dominated Dalot from Adam Wharton’s cross.

Casemiro had a header saved by Henderson and a goal ruled out for offside, and his misery deepened when he failed to anticipate Munoz’s challenge, allowing Olise to scored his second – although Onana certainly contributed.

Sofyan Amrabat was then lucky to avoid a straight red card for an ugly challenge – surely borne out of frustration – on Olise. It was the closest a United player was able to get to him all night.

United avoided further embarrassment when Onana decided to watch Odsonne Edouard’s shot fly towards him, with the ball thudding the post as the goalkeeper stood prone.

The final whistle provided relief for United’s players, who were given a standing ovation by the travelling supporters at full time – perhaps a show of defiance as much as anything.

But the table provides the stark reality that United will currently miss out on Europe as things stand – while Ten Hag’s chances of keeping his job have surely receded yet further.

What’s next?

Crystal Palace head to Wolves on Saturday May 11 – kick-off 3pm – before finishing the season at home to Aston Villa on Sunday May 19; kick-off 4pm.

Manchester United have three Premier League matches remaining. They host Arsenal on Sunday May 12, live on Sky Sports, at 4.30pm, before the visit of Newcastle on Wednesday May 15, also live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm.

United then finish the league season at Brighton on May 19; kick-off 4pm.

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