Everton v Manchester United Review
Manchester United had collected just three points from their past three Premier League matches; they had only claimed one point in each game, meaning that they have drawn their previous three encounters prior to their Round twenty –two Everton game.
The ‘Special One’ once again started Rashford on the bench, while Everton manager Alardyce started star signing Sigurdsson on the bench. Both managers gambled with those respective moves would pay dividends. Valencia was still out through injury, meaning that Pogba would take the captains arm band. On a side note Rooney would be playing for Everton against his old side, Manchester United.
Everton showed some good signs early in the First Half, incredibly none of their incursions into the Manchester United half resulted in a shot on goal with United’s defence being resolute. United didn’t look like scoring either without having any end product in the final third.
At Half Time the score was nil-nil. It was ominous signs at Half Time, with United battling to break the dead lock. They would have pencilled the game against ninth placed Everton as being a three pointer, so they would be disappointed with the Half Time score line.
It was more of the same early in the Second Half with no one looking like scoring, until Martial opened the scoring thanks to a sublime pass from stand in captain Pogba in the fifty-seventh minute. Everton goal keeper Pickford kept the score at one-nil with a brilliant save. United got a two goal cushion in the eighty-first minute, thanks to another assist from Pogba and an exquisite finish from Lingard.
Incredibly Manchester United had approximately sixty percent of possession, while they had twenty –one shots, with only six of them on target. Everton had no shots on target and Allardyce didn’t utilize Sigurdsson off the bench. It was a much needed three points for United leaving them temporarily in second place on the Premier League ladder.
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