At the end of an encounter rotten by technical errors, Everton pulled a logical 1-1 draw against a pale Manchester United Sunday at Goodison Park. Doubts, always doubts, and many unanswered questions.
What a poor game of Man United again!
Everton 1-1 Manchester United
Goals: Baines (89th sp) for Everton // Ibrahimović (42nd) for Manchester United
Nothing was perfect, but the essential thing was there. Zlatan Ibrahimović, who had long been shouting at everything and anything, having fought with Gareth Barry, had even cut short of boredom by opening the scoring on a dismal outing in Stekelenburg before half time. Manchester United held its first victory in the Premier League since November 6th. And Mourinho wanted to concretize in the last moments by bringing in Fellaini. A tuft that stirred in a few seconds with the foot that drags as far as those of Idrissa Gueye. This is how Everton finally snatched a point in the final minutes of a long rotten encounter by a low technical level. Difficult to swallow for MU, but rather logical.
Journey to the End of Sadness
José Mourinho now needs to know. Know if his Manchester United is well on track, if he is able to confirm the few advances seen in recent weeks, but especially to see the state of his search for style set in motion for a little less than four months. Can there be a next day to the beautiful score played Wednesday night at Old Trafford against West Ham in the League Cup? Do his men have the ability to repeat the good chains, the automatic glimpses? He is convinced of this. So the Portuguese says that everyone is now at the level of his expectations and that his choices are more tactical than specific. That’s why we did not have to worry about Juan Mata replacing Goodison Park on a stage that Mourinho loves. Result: Henrik Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba also, while Darmian was again preferred to Blind in the absence of Luke Shaw. Opposite, Everton also landed to pass to the revealer after three games without success and a week after a logical defeat to Southampton (1-0). Ronald Koeman got angry, squealed to strengthen himself quickly and had decided to pose Barkley and Jagielka on the bench.
On entry, the reaction expected by Koeman is visible. Everton fights, press, holds the ball and embarrasses a wait-and-see United. One looks at oneself, one gauges oneself, one is afraid also and sometimes one lights up, the image of a tackle of Barry on Ibrahimović or a robbery two feet detached from Rojo on Idrissa Gueye. If not ? Otherwise, not much, except for a far shot from Pogba away from Stekelenburg or a fuzzy attempt at Funes Mori that does not warm anyone. Manchester purrs, lack of movements in front, while on the other side, Yannick Bolasie tries to shake the pace of a closed meeting. Michael Oliver decided to be cool, so the only thrills are in the big carvings and dirty shots in the midst of the sadness of a match where neither team is able to chain the movements in time. As if we could play ninety minutes, wait, shower, get barred and voila. In the end, Zlatan Ibrahimović finally managed to unlock the game before the break (0-1, 42 ‘). Not the best promos.
Especially since the second period starts again on the same bases with terrible technical errors. But the spaces opened, so Mirallas first warned De Gea after easily taking the lead on Rojo, before seeing the pair Martial-Mkhitaryan finally fuck the brothel on the other side. Herrera hit the bar at the hour of play, and United finally began to play. Koeman tries to react and sends Deulofeu and Enner Valencia into the battle passing 4-4-2. The reaction is immediate for Toffees who find their pressing, grow, and in two minutes, Gueye and Holgate, entered in the place of Coleman, wounded, oblige De Gea to release again its costume of savior. See Phil Jones being the best player of the day for Manchester United says a lot of the very average performance of José Mourinho’s men who will therefore not be able to confirm the few promises of the last appointments. At the end of the blows, Valencia crunched a new opportunity for Everton, while the Mou brought in Rashford and Fellaini. A detail that changes everything, because on his first duel, the Belgian international upsets Gueye. Penalty for Everton (What a great news for Everton!), and Baines layer perfectly De Gea (1-1, 88th). This is how to catch a job in seconds and leave a first victory in the Premier League for a month. In Manchester, it is now certain: Marouane Fellaini is only good to satisfy Goodison Park.
What a poor game of Man United again!