Coming off their record win over Southampton, Manchester United look to extend their winning run in the Premier League against Everton. They were unable to do so, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw to move further away from league leaders Man City. The Red Devils started the game strongly, getting the lead in the 24th minute through a clinical finish from Edinson Cavani.
Then just before half-time, Bruno Fernandes scored a scorcher from outside the box to make it 2-0 for his side. However, Everton started the second half on the front foot and were gifted a goal in the 49th-minute when David de Gea’s weak parry was pounced on by Abdoulaye Doucoure. They then completed the turnaround 3 minutes later thanks to James Rodriguez’s powerful attempt.
But as Everton were ready to take the point, United got back their lead in the 70th through a smart header from Scott McTominay. Just as United were ready to celebrate the win, the visitors snatched the 3 points from them with a dramatic late equalizer in stoppage time form Dominic Calvert-Lewin! The Red Devils fall further away from the title race and this frustrating, disappointing result probably just rules them out as contenders.
Manchester United Player Ratings vs Everton
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.5) –
Solskjaer probably made the right decision to start Pogba for this one, but unlucky to see him get injured in the first half. His substitutions or lack of substitutions cost him today.
Fred wasn’t good enough and Nemanja Matic should’ve been subbed in to help see out the result for United. Just couldn’t get United to keep a lid on the bottle to preserve the lead and saw them lose it twice. Poor individual mistakes form errors didn’t help his case either.
David de Gea (3.0) –
He was caught off his guard for Richarlison’s attempt on goal in the 40th, but fortunately the shot went wide. But makes an even worse mistake to gift Doucoure the goal early in the second half. Couldn’t do anything to salvage his mistake either and beaten to the chase by Calvert-Lewin in the end to sum up an extremely disappointing performance.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.0) –
Wan-Bissaka is being put under intense pressure by Richarlison & Lucas Digne on his wing. Gets a fortunate assist thanks to Bruno’s brilliant strike. Shut down Everton’s threat on his side and frustrated Digne with some stellar tackles. Not really at fault for any of the goals either.
Harry Maguire (4.5) –
Maguire seems to be liking the physical battle against Calvert-Lewin and dealing with his aerial threat really well. Outpaced by Calvert-Lewin in the equalizer and slightly out of position for Everton’s equalizer too.
Got outmuscled by Calvert-Lewin and almost made to pay with a goal after in the 88th, but saw Richarlison shoot wide. Failed to seal the win for his side by poor set-piece defensive set-up in the end. Needs to be much sharper going forward.
Victor Lindelof (4.0) –
Almost scores a freak goal in the 5th minute after running nearly 40 yards into the box, only to get blocked in the last minute. Then nearly has a hand in mouth moment when he gave away the ball with De Gea off the line, but thankfully Richarlison’s shot went wide.
Also allows Calvert-Lewin through on goal before half-time, but lucky to see his effort go wide. Like Maguire, he was also quite shaky defensively and lost concentration to allow Calvert-Lewin to get his late goal.
Luke Shaw (7.0) –
The in-form Shaw looks oozing with confidence and starts the game strongly with some good defensive challenges. Starts the second half in blistering fashion with a fantastic forward run from the half-way line and sees his powerful shot saved in the 46th.
Whipped in a great cross to assist McTominay’s strike. Defensively he was again pretty good today.
Scott McTominay (7.5) –
McTominay’s acting as the defensive general just ahead of United’s defence and helped recover possession numerous times in a dominant first half. Then acts as their saviour in the second half with a clever header to put his side back into the lead.
Worked extremely hard to help his defence but impossible to cover for them always and whenever he didn’t, United conceded. Still another tenacious, triumphant performance from the Scotsman.
Paul Pogba (N/R) –
Pogba returns to the lineup after sitting out the Southampton game. Popped up in free space in the 19th to get a powerful header on goal but saw his attempted cleared. Did a very good job helping United dominate possession until had to be subbed before half-time due to injury.
Bruno Fernandes (7.5) –
After having a quiet first half, the Portuguese midfielder ended it with a bang via a fantastic curled shot over the keeper’s reach from outside the box. Nearly pulls off another in the 76th but his dinked effort goes over the bar. Played in Rashford cleverly for his chance few minutes later.
Got a free-kick in a scrumptious position in the 81st, but his effort went just over. Despite a great performance, eventually let down by his teammates in the end.
Mason Greenwood (7.0) –
Greenwood looks to be more confident on the ball today and made a superb forward run in the 22nd, only for his shot to go well wide. Very sharp with his movement and defensive work today, recovering the ball numerous times. Was involved in some good stuff too but just not fortunate enough for a goal or assist despite a solid performance.
Edinson Cavani (8.0) –
Cavani has scored in both games against Everton this season. Can he make it 3-in-a-row today? He does, powering a free header into the goal when served a chance on his plate. Did very well to create Shaw and Rashford’s early chances in the second half.
Excellent stuff from him to try & preserve the lead late on, holding up the ball superbly and also displaying incredible work rate to win back the ball in tight spaces. Very unlucky not to be on the winning side after another great performance against Everton.
Marcus Rashford (6.5) –
The Englishman looks very proactive in the attack today. Found a lot of space on the right and floated in a perfect cross to assist Cavani’s goal. Played in through on goal in the 62nd, but sees his shot saved well.
Makes a great run into the box in the 78th, but his hesitated weak footed shot goes wide. His movement tormented Everton but his finishing was poor on the day. Had he finished some of his late chances, United could’ve won it.
Fred (5.0) –
Brought on for Pogba and got a good scoring chance in the 43rd, but his weak right foot shot went wide. Really needs to stop taking shots with his weaker foot. A bit reckless with his challenges in midfield and just couldn’t replicate the calmness Pogba brought.
Axel Tuanzebe (N/R) –
Conceded the poor free-kick which resulted in the late equalizer for Everton.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Cavani put in a top No.9’s performance today, being a nightmare with his movement and link-up play in the attack. Scored a clever goal, tried his best to set up others and was the brightest spark in United’s attack. He deserves the MOTM today.