Manchester United vs Everton – Match Analysis

Manchester United drew 1-1 at home to Everton with Anthony Martial getting his first goal of the season. Andros Townsend levelled up for the visitors as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were held to a point in the Saturday lunchtime kick off. United had 72% possession but failed to create any serious chances. A familiar story for Solskjær and his coaching staff against a team that sat-back. 

First Half

After a somewhat encouraging opening 20-minutes from the Reds. Everton grew in confidence as the first half went on. Summer signing, Demarai Gray, forced David de Gea into a save, with The Toffees finding themselves in some good positions early on. However, Anthony Martial broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute with an emphatic finish past Jordan Pickford. Solskjær’s selection of the Frenchman raised some eyebrows pre-match, but Martial repaid the faith his manager showed in him. 

Second Half

The second half was more of the same from both sides. Everton picked their moments to attack, with United continuing to moving the ball from side-to-side. With 57 minutes on the clock, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho replaced Edinson Cavani and the goal-scorer, Anthony Martial. Jadon Sancho looked a bright spark on United’s left, linking up well at times with Ronaldo. In the 65th minute, Andros Townsend cancelled out United’s lead. The Blues caught out a disorganised United defence, seeing Fred bullied by Demarai Gray. Townsend’s goal made it two-in-two for the wide-man at Old Trafford, who got on the scoresheet for Crystal Palace last season. Cristiano Ronaldo went close to scoring from a tight angle, but his left-footed shot went just wide. Late on, Yerry Mina’s goal was disallowed for offside through VAR. 

Where does the draw to Everton leave Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United?

The draw leaves Manchester United with just 1 win in 4. After the international break United face extremely tough challenges. The Reds will face Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, City and Spurs all in under the space of a month. In recent weeks, questions have been asked over Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Many believe the Norwegian has taken the side as far as he can. These next fixtures will almost certainly determine Solskjær’s future as Manchester United boss.

In terms of the league table, United sit in 4th, level on 14 points with Manchester City, Everton and Brighton. Although The Reds are just two points of top-spot, things don’t feel promising. United look a poorly coached side and haven’t really put a marker down on the rest of the league. 

Author: Aadam Haladh