Manchester United squandered the opportunity to close the gap with Manchester City after dropping points against Everton following a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. United are 2 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men, who have two games in hand.
The Red Devils were in complete control of the game after heading into the break with a 2 goal cushion thanks to Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes. However, Everton were back on level terms within six minutes of the second half, as the Toffees capitalised on United’s defensive fragilities. United reclaimed the lead in the 70th minute, only to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalise with the last kick of the game in the final minute of the stoppage time to earn a well deserved point for his side.
Speaking after the game Bruno hit out at his team’s performance and admitted United are conceding far too many goals. The Portuguese international added “I think we gave away the result, we gave away the game twice.”
“Because after being 2-0 up at half-time, coming into second half in the way we did, it’s really bad.“
“We are conceding goals every game, we are conceding goals a lot of times and at home we concede too many goals. Too many bad results at home and this can’t be possible. I think we have to win this game after being 2-0 up, you have to win this game.”
“It doesn’t matter how. You concede two goals and you come again and you score again. It’s impossible to concede another goal again, from a free-kick in the half of the pitch, we concede a goal from there and the way we concede.”
On asked if United felt they had won the game before Everton’s late equaliser, Bruno said “Maybe this was the problem, I don’t know. I don’t feel that, I don’t know what my team-mates feel but we can’t feel that until the game is over. And as you see we concede the goal in the last seconds of the game.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left frustrated by the way United dropped points from a winning position, and said “Well, of course when you’re in the 94th minute and you’re winning the game I think it feels worse, when you concede in the last minute.”
“The first five minutes of the second half, of course, they were hard to take but the rest of the second half we played some good football and we should have been out of sight, really.”
“Football is about getting the ball into one net and keeping it out of the other and we didn’t manage to do that. We didn’t manage to keep it out. That’s what cost us because we played some very, very good stuff.“
“You know, you can sit and you can talk about the good performance or the domination of possession and chances we had, but still we come away with only one point.“
“We’re not talking about winning titles, we’ve come a long way this team, and we shouldn’t have been considered as title contenders. We’ve got to be better as a team and see where we end up.“