Everton vs Manchester United Summary
Manchester United were late victors at Goodison Park as they beat Everton 2-0 in the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup. The best way to describe the performance was pragmatic. A good flurry in the first 25 minutes seemed to replicate that of the game against Leeds but Everton defended well and Manchester United failed to make their chances count. From that point it seemed both sides failed to break the other down until a final bit of quality at the end.
The substitutes combined and Martial fed Cavani who cut onto his left foot and buried the shot into the bottom corner. United could relax and play their true counter-attacking football and easily could have won by much more as Bruno hit the post and Martial missed another. However, the Frenchman had the last laugh, sealing the game with a comfortable finish.
United need to win trophies. It is part of their philosophy and part of Ole’s promise when he joined so to get to a fourth semi-final in the space of a year and a half is impressive in itself but United have to go on and win this. With Manchester City their next opponents, United have to show their progress and win these games. It will either be Spurs or Brentford in the final so United have to be the other team.
Momentum is building for United as they travel once again to a difficult away ground in their next match. Boxing Day promises a good game away to Leicester, where United secured Champions League football last season in a 2-0 win. Leicester have had a week off so United have to start sharply and take their chances. Leicester will punish United for any mistake with Vardy fit to play.
Everton vs Manchester United Player Ratings
Dean Henderson 7.5/10
Pretty untested during the game. One decent save to deny Sigurdsson from a freekick. Good distribution, safe hands and a clean sheet. Can’t ask for more!
Axel Tuanzebe 8.5/10
Had another tough challenge and came out on top. He is looking better and better and United sorely missed him when he was injured and suspended. Has a lot to offer this season.
Eric Bailly 8/10
A big game for Bailly. He was very solid and his recovery pace was needed a few times during the game. We say this every time he has a good game but he must stay fit now.
Harry Maguire 8/10
One bad moment really. He gave away a poor pass but had his centre back partner to mop up. Other than that he was dominant in the air again and against such difficult opponents. People need to give respect to Maguire as he has literally played more football in 2020 than anyone else in Europe even when injured.
Alex Telles 8/10
A tough challenge with Iwobi and Coleman and dealt with it fairly well. At the end he was tiring and Shaw came on to seal it off but his attacking play was very good. Could have had at least two assists.
Nemanja Matic 7/10
Decent defensively for the most-part and used his strength well. His passing was poor and almost left Sigurdsson free for an equaliser late on. He is going to be an important squad player but needs to be replaced in the long term as his legs have gone. Is Caicedo the man to do so? We will have to see…
Paul Pogba 8/10
He did give the ball away a couple of times but shifted the play well. This is the Pogba we love to see. He was disciplined, creative and nigh on perfect. Could have scored but couldn’t generate the power from his header. Not sure whether he will start on Saturday but he is playing well enough to do so.
Donny van de Beek 7/10
Struggled to get into the game as he was on the left hand side. His passing was crisp and clinical but Coleman didn’t have many problems with him. Still adapting to the Premier League.
Bruno Fernandes 7.5/10
A few questionable passes but his general build-up play was fluid and classy. Had a big chance to score but smacked the crossbar. Undeniably starting on Saturday.
Mason Greenwood 6.5/10
His passing is improving massively and the staff have to take credit for that. Had one real chance and narrowly missed. Unlucky but a decent performance.
Edinson Cavani 8/10
Made great runs all game and his energy and workrate cannot be underrated. Won the game with a magnificent finish. Potential issue off the ball but not sure how much the FA will look into that. I don’t think Everton are in any position to be complaining about retrospective actions…
Anthony Martial 8.5/10
Off the bench and a goal and an assist! That makes it two goals and four assists in his last three games since his return from injury. A great cameo and could have had more.
Marcus Rashford 8/10
His directness left spaces for United to work in and got the assists to seal the game. This man can do no wrong and is developing into a world class talent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Luke Shaw 8/10
Added solidity and good to see the injury he had against Leeds was not severe. He is another that needs to be fit for the rest of the season as there is excellent competition in his position.
Man of the Match: Axel Tuanzebe
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 8.5/10
Ole made nine changes and still fielded a side that controlled the game and barely gave Everton a sniff. Some criticism came his way by keeping Bruno in but I think it shows his desire to win a trophy. United need to and so does he. The subs came on and made a massive difference as he outsmarted another great manager.