Jose Mourinho desperately needed a win from this fixture, and despite all injury worries, his team played a fantastic game. The New Year showdown of Everton vs Manchester United ended in a victory for the away side, and the boss will be much relieved ahead of the international break.
Everton vs Manchester United – Main events:
Home lineup: Pickford; Holgate, Keane, Williams, Martina; Davies, Schneiderlin; Vlasic, Rooney (McCarthy, 62′), Bolasie (Lennon, 62′); Niasse (Calvert-Lewin, 81′).
Away lineup: De Gea; Lindelof, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (Tuanzebe, 90’+2′), Martial (Rashford, 77′), Lingard (Blind, 87′).
Goals: Martial (57′), Lingard (81′).
Yellow cards: Rooney (43′), Holgate (83′).
The home team started the game well, and tried to put more pressure on the United defense. At around 24th minute, Everton got the first good chance when Niasse found a lucky break inside the opponent box. However, Rojo’s brilliant defending kept him at bay. After a few minutes, Bolasie tried his luck with a powerful shot, but it was blocked and the score remained goalless.
Towards the other end, there were some actions as well. Pogba was the one who came closest to score, but his decent attempt was deflected off Davies and it went inches outside the target. Eventually, no one succeeded in breaking the deadlock within the first forty five minutes and the halftime score of Everton vs Manchester United read 0-0.
After the break, it was a different display from Manchester United. Pogba and co started attacking by and large and the hosts were finding it hard to take the ball to the other half. The effect was imminent. At the stroke of 57th minute, Pogba worked out a fabulous ball from the left hand side and laid it on to the path of an unmarked Martial. The forward needed a second to adjust his position and then he took a perfect strike that hit the back of the nets at the top right corner.
This was a much needed breakthrough for United and it boosted the confidence to a great extent. The rest of the game was mostly about the away side and they created many chances. Barring a small span of 10 minutes, Everton could not do anything to trouble the Red Devils’ defense. Eventually, they succumbed to the pressure and conceded another goal at 81st minute. Once again, it was Pogba who fed Lingard with a nice pass on the left. Then, the new United sensation took a brilliant run and finished with a scorching shot that Pickford had no answer to. In the end, Everton vs Manchester United finished in a 2-0 victory for Mourinho’s side and it helped them reclaim the second spot in the league table.
Everton vs Manchester United stats:
|Shots (on target)||12 (0)||21 (6)|
Everton vs Manchester United highlights:
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