Uninspired Manchester United Slump To Home Draw With Everton
An uninspired Manchester United team have dropped more points at home, slumping to a 1-1 draw with an injury-ravaged side at Old Trafford.
After a sublime piece of skill from Bruno Fernandes, United scored the opener on the stroke of halftime with a quality finish from goal-shy Anthony Martial, and spirits around Old Trafford were lifted at the sight of the Frenchman on the score sheet for the first time since March.
However, United couldn’t find a second goal to kill off the game, and were hit on a superb counter-attack in the 65th minute, capped off with a goal by their nemesis, Andros Townsend.
That much-maligned midfielder Fred had two opportunities to kill the counter and failed with both did him no favours with the Old Trafford faithful, and it seems his manager finally felt fed up, withdrawing him just five minutes later.
What Solskjaer sees in the defensive midfielder who can’t defend, can’t pass, and has a woeful first touch is anyone’s guess…
After the equaliser Everton were much the better side, despite missing both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and were unlucky not to go home with all three points after a tap in from Yerry Mina was correctly ruled out for offside just five minutes from time.
Unlike in the Champions League fixture midweek, there were to be no stoppage time heroics as United have now taken just one point from their past two home Premier League fixtures.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was disappointed with his side’s result, saying “You’re disappointed you don’t get three points. That’s why we turn up. We turn up to get three points. We looked like we were on the way to a three-pointer with a good goal. Good first half, I thought. Pressed well. We created some good openings, good chances. Couple of good headers and crosses we could have done better with. Coming into half-time with a good goal Anthony scored was a good feeling. In the Premier League, being organised and focus is so important and to be organised behind the ball. Disappointed we conceded on our corner.”
“Last season against Everton we were 2-0 up and cruising and then they scored two in two minutes. They have players who can hurt you in moments, Gray, Townsend. The pace they have on the break… Unfortunately, for us they scored a great goal.”
“We’re well organised and we just don’t deal with a couple of those instances of the counter attack well enough. That’s something that happens in football.”
“Disappointed with the last two home games. Villa and Everton here, one point in those two is below our standard. We should be looking to win every game at home but you’re playing good teams as well. We have to keep on working, get better and then hopefully they’ll enjoy their international break, play some games and the rest who will stay here we’ll evaluate. We’re looking forward to Leicester.”
Football is a funny game. United are four points better off after the same number of games compared to last season, but the feeling this time around is that with the additions they made to the squad this team should be capable of getting home wins against teams such as Villa and Everton.
If United’s lack of identity or system continues to see the club slip out of the title race, calls for Solskjaer to be replaced with Zinedine Zidane or Antonio Conte will only grow louder…