Manchester United vs Everton – Football Match Report – October 2, 2021


Manchester United had another frustrating Premier League afternoon as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial gave United the lead 42 minutes before Andros Townsend leveled things off just past the hour mark. In a late twist, Yerry Mina’s late effort was ruled out for offside as the two teams had to settle for one point.

The result increases the pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has collected a point in six and failed to keep his clean sheet in nine league appearances – his worst defensive run in 50 years.

“We could have handled the situation better,” Solskjaer said on Townsend’s equalizer.

“I thought we started well, lots of energy, created good openings and scored a fantastic goal. In the second half we didn’t have that advantage to get the second which is vital in a game like this one.”

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Solskjaer created a big surprise ahead of the game by dropping Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba on the bench, Martial starting despite a meager two-goal comeback in his last 24 appearances for the club before the game. Rafael Benitez’s Everton, meanwhile, were without Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison due to injury, while Alex Iwobi failed a late fitness test.

Ronaldo scored a goal in the 95th minute, his fifth goal in five appearances since returning, against Villarreal in the Champions League midweek. But he was a top-tier absentee to start with, as Solskjaer turned his squad after complaining about the fixture list following the club’s exploits in Europe.

United suffered a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last time in the league but they started out brilliantly here with Martial heading wide and Mason Greenwood crossing the goal in the opening 10 minutes. Michael Keane then had a decent chance for the visitors as he headed wide, before Edinson Cavani saw a powerful header saved by Jordan Pickford.

Demarai Gray was the last to threaten in a heated first half for Everton before United took the lead. Bruno Fernandes slipped the ball to Martial and he was right, sending a powerful drive into the net.

Martial was replaced by Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo replaced Cavani in the 55th minute, but just under 10 minutes later the level was level. Fred was muscular in Everton’s half of the field and the visitors broke as the ball found its way to Townsend which smashed it past David De Gea.

Solskjaer responded by calling on Pogba for Fred with 20 minutes left and Ronaldo then made an effort through the goal, before Pogba whipped one up. Mina then slid the ball home for 85 minutes, only for VAR to rule her out for offside.

United pushed for a winner but failed to find the breakthrough, and a disappointed Ronaldo walked straight into the tunnel at the final whistle as Solskjaer’s side slipped again.

Benitez told the BBC: “We played against a very good team. It is not easy to get a result here and we did well. We conceded a late goal which we perhaps weren’t expecting, but the reaction of the team in the second half was enough It’s a shame the last one because it’s an offside but it could be even better but we are happy with the way we played and the result at the end . “

A disappointed Fernandes said: “We should win this game. We should create more chances. We shouldn’t concede this kind of goal. It’s not the first time and we have to look at our mistakes and see what we do. can do.

“We’re not looking at the standings right now, but of course we should have more points. We’re losing points at home and we shouldn’t be. Those last two home games weren’t good enough in Premier League. If we want silverware at the end of the season, we have to do a lot better. “

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