Premier League super Sunday ended with the interesting fixture of Everton vs Manchester United – a game both side wanted to win desperately. But, no one could have the last laugh as the match ended 1-1.
Jose Mourinho started with a surprise lineup, bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan for in form Juan Mata. In the first few minutes, Everton were all over the visitors and kept attacking with all their might. But, David De Gea and co managed to keep them at bay. The Red Devils slowly started the find their feet afterwards and the first quarter of the game was somewhat evenly balanced. The only event worth mention was probably the face off between Marcos Rojo and Idrissa Gueye where the former was booked following his foul on the latter.
The home side were playing slightly better in most parts of the first half, and they had to draw some brilliant saves from the opponent defenders. Phil Jones made an important and stunning clearance from inside the box at around 21st minute mark while a couple of efforts from Yannick Bolasie and Kevin Mirallas went wide of the target afterwards.
Eventually, United drew the first blood out of nowhere, only a few minutes from the half time whistle. Anthony Martial found Zlatan Ibrahimovic near the opponent box and the Swedish striker lobbed the ball over an onrushing Maarten Stekelenberg to find the opener for his side. Funes Mori can be blamed for this goal as he could have saved the scare should he tracked back faster than he did. The first half ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Everton. Seven minutes after the break, Mirallas played a nice one-two with Lukaku and took a commendable effort at the goal, but it was De Gea’s brilliant that won the duel in this occasion. Soon after, there were actions on the other end as Martial and Ibrahimovic’s efforts missed the target by inches. At the hour mark, United were unlucky again. Ander Herrera took a scorching shot from the 6 yard box, but it hit the woodwork and the score was still 1-0.
And just when it seemed that the away side would finally manage to snatch three points after two unfortunate draws, former Everton man Marouane Fellaini came in aid of his previous side. The Belgian came to the field at the 85th minute, conceded a foul inside the own box two minutes later, compelling the referee to award a penalty to Everton and saw a yellow card. It was sheer stupidity from the midfielder. Leighton Baines made not mistake to convert from the spot, although De Gea guessed it right, and the match was ready to meet a scintillating end.
A couple of minutes later, the Everton scorer took another stunning effort, but this time the United custodian was alert and parried it away. In the end, it finished in yet another 1-1 draw for Manchester United, leaving Mourinho’s side at the 7th spot, 13 points off league leaders Chelsea.
Everton vs Manchester United Highlights:
Everton: Stekelenburg; Coleman (Holgate, 67′), Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, Cleverley (Deulofeu, 65′); Gueye, Bolasie (Valencia, 68′), Mirallas; Lukaku.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera; Martial (Rashford, 83′), Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Fellaini, 85′); Ibrahimovic.
Goals: Ibrahimovic (42′), Baines (89′).
Everton vs Manchester United Match Statistics:
|Shots (on target)||13 (6)||10 (2)|
|Passes played (accuracy)||258 (68%)||349 (75%)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||13 (2 yellow)||11 (3 yellow)|
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