Manchester United's hopes of moving second in the Premier League have been scuppered by a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw away at Crystal Palace.
A 10th successive victory in all competitions looked in the bag thanks to Bruno Fernandes' goal shortly before halftime but United were stunned by Michael Olise's superb free kick in added time.
The week has been dominated by talk of British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe's ownership bid for England's most-decorated club as it seeks to restore its former glory.
But whatever is happening off the pitch, on it United are in rude health after the weekend win over Manchester City.
Brimming with confidence they gave a debut to on-loan striker Wout Weghorst, but it was a more familiar face who opened the scoring.
An even first half was almost up at a chilly Selhurst Park when Fernandes was picked out by Christian Eriksen's pass and he fired an unstoppable shot into the net.
United controlled most of the second period but could not hang on as Olise sent a curling free kick past David de Gea as the game edged into added time.
"We're not happy with a draw. We should have taken our chances and closed the game," Fernandes said. "They scored a great goal at the end. Nothing we can do now.
"We have to look forward now. Other games are coming. We're still doing good things. We're really disappointed with the result but the next one is close."
Palace's late equaliser allowed them to avoid a fifth defeat in six games since returning from the World Cup break.
"It was amazing, I know we've got the talent in the team and one thing the gaffer has cracked on about is contesting the games and the talent shows through in the end," Palace striker Wilfried Zaha told Sky Sports.
"We got what we deserved and very nearly won it at the end.
"We all worked so hard today, we are happy with the point and it just gives us confidence going into the next games."
Had Erik ten Hag's side claimed the win they would have gone to Arsenal on Sunday knowing victory would put them within three points of the Londoners.
As it is, United moved into third place with 39 points, the same as neighbours Manchester City who have a better goal difference.
Arsenal, who United face on Sunday, have 47 having played a game fewer.