Manchester United aimed to make it three wins-in-a-row in the Premier League when they hosted Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. They failed to do so, being held 1-1 by Duncan Ferguson’s side to drop down to 6th in the league table.
The game started in frantic fashion, with both teams getting plenty of early chances but failing to break the deadlock. After a lot of back-and-forth, Everton scored from against the run of play when Victor Lindelof put a corner into his own net.
United threw in the kitchen sink after the break and got their equalizer in the 77th minute, when substitute Mason Greenwood sweetly slotted the ball into the net from outside the area. Despite pegging forward for a winner, United were unable to do so and failed to capitalize on Chelsea’s loss to go closer to the 4th spot.
They’re now four points behind the Champions League spot and must win the remaining games in the holiday period to get closer. Everton will be buzzing with this point though!
Here are the Manchester United vs Everton player ratings.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6.5) –
Solskjaer can’t be blamed for going with the same team which defeated City at their own yard. Pegged his side forward throughout the game and made a brilliant decision bringing on Greenwood leading to the goal. However, his decision to change James for Mata didn’t make much sense.
Still needs to work on polishing the work around the penalty area, especially by inspiring Martial to be more involved in creating chances and allowing his midfielders to go further forward into the box.
David de Gea (5.0) –
De Gea was tested early on by Mason Holgate’s ambitious attempts, but made some solid saves to stop them. But he definitely should’ve done better to clear the corner which led to the goal. Somewhat makes up for it with a good save from Iwobi’s shot in the 84th minute. Regardless, his error ended up costing United the three points.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.5)-
The star of the derby win, Wan-Bissaka proves that was no fluke with a few great tackles early on. Showing signs of improvement going forward, especially putting in a great cross at the 49th minute. Found back his you-shall-not-pass aura as the game progressed, making some brilliant tackles to avert disaster. Kept Bernard and Richalison quiet on the flank.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
Harry’s won everything in the air in the early minutes, but been off with distribution. He led United forward to help find the equalizer and strongly held his ground against threat. Won 12(!) aerial duels, made 2 clearances & blocked shots in a rock-solid defensive display. Seems to be getting accustomed to the captaincy pressure too.
Victor Lindelof (6.0) –
Victor’s been excellent with his long-balls forward, pitching up a chance for Rashford with a sweet one in the 10th minute. He was great with his clearances in the first half-hour, but unlucky to score that own-goal. Booked after the half-hour mark for a bad challenge but almost redeems himself with his curler flying over in the 69th minute. Bit topsy-turvy performance.
Luke Shaw (7.0)–
Shaw seems to have picked up his pre-injury form again, defending well and making some blazing forward runs. Makes one real clever one around the hour-mark, forcing a strong save with a powerful shot. Put in a brilliant block around the 71st minute to deny Everton a second goal. Kept Alex Iwobi absolutely quiet and was a menacing presence going forward.
Fred (6.5) –
Fred looks to be booming with confidence and almost assists an early goal for Lingard after a clever forward run. Pressing relentlessly to create swift-breaks, but still bit lacky in the final third. Showcased bags of energy, making incisive interceptions and tackles. Bombed United forward, but just couldn’t make a difference in getting the winner.
Scott McTominay (6.5) –
McTominay looks fresh in midfield, having found some stellar through-balls to open up the game on quite a few occasions. Working hard to win back possession and driving United forward whenever possible. He helped keep a strict midfield line, defended well against crosses but was too aggressive leading to some unnecessary fouls. Pretty solid nonetheless.
Jesse Lingard (5.0) –
The birthday boy almost gets a perfect early gift, as his first-minute shot went barely wide. Linking-up well on occasions, but lacked that killer final pass in the first half. Blocked what looked a sure goal for James in the 61st minute before being subbed. Frustrating and not as involved as necessary. Uneventful birthday performance.
Marcus Rashford (6.0) –
The man in-form looks bent on getting another today. Powered a left-footed shot wide in the 10th minute. Menacing with his fiery runs and his zooming free-kick forced a strong save in the 26th. Had another free-kick after the equalizer parried out by Pickford and another attempted curler saved in the dying stages. Tried his hardest, but just not his day today.
Daniel James (7.0) –
James is buzzing like a bee again. Made a sublime acceleration in the 11th, but his shot went just wide of Pickford’s goal. Forced Digne to be subbed and beating Baines in one-v-one duels too. Took a goal-bounce shot around the 61st minute but it was blocked by his own teammate! Takes another frail one straight at Pickford minutes later.
His hard-work gets finally rewarded when his clever pass to Greenwood was converted. Another tenacious, sprited showing from the Welshmen.
Anthony Martial (5.5) –
Martial loves playing against Everton and looks menacing right from the get-go. He made some vintage dribble-fueled runs in the first half, but couldn’t get a swipe at goal. He tried hard, but was bullied by Everton’s centre-backs despite moving well at times. Must be more involved in attack and work harder to force chances for himself.
Mason Greenwood (7.0) –
Greenwood looked promising since coming on. Gets his goal with a brilliant strike past many bodies to equalize for United. What a player! Helps United avoid an embarrassing defeat.
Juan Mata (N/A) –
Couldn’t do anything to force a winner and a frustrating with some sloppy passes.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Maguire & James both put in solid shifts at their own roles, but Greenwood’s goal won United the point in the end. Looks a much better centre-forward than Martial and must get more minutes after this. He’s my MOTM today.