Manchester United dropped points for the second game in a row in the league as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Everton. United, who were lucky to win against Villarreal in the Champions League have now picked up just one point from their last two games.
Having taken the lead through Anthony Martial’s goal in the 43rd minute, United seemed to be heading for the win with over 70% of possession. However, Everton’s game plan of counter attack paid its result in the 65th minute as Gray and Doucoure combined to release Townsend in the middle, who calmly slotted home the equaliser.
Both teams are level on points (14) in the table after the draw, but Everton would be the much happier side to earn a deserved point for their performance. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the other hand would be disappointed to drop points yet again at home as they missed the opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool, who face Manchester City tomorrow.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Manchester United manager admitted his team were good only in parts during the game, and lamented their lack of cutting edge. The Norwegian added “Parts of it was really good. We started well, high energy, scored a fantastic goal. The second half, we lacked the cutting edge to get the second which is vital.”
“From a corner, we conceded five seconds later so that was disappointing. We weren’t too open, we had enough players behind the ball but didn’t deal with the tackles. We didn’t regroup and reorganise well enough. We need to be better at when to risk it, and how not to be counter attacked, that’s the key lesson.”
“Anthony did well, could have had one or two more. We didn’t concede many chances, but we did concede a goal. We got outmuscled but should have cleared it. You can work all day long on systems, but it has to be dealt with there and then.” A wee shot across Fred’s bow there, perhaps.”
The Everton manager praised his team’s performance and said they could have taken all three points. He added “I am really pleased to come here and perform the way we performed against a very good team. Maybe if Davies shot and finished we would be talking about a different thing. We did well and worked hard.”
“In the second half, the team reacted well and we had chances to win the game. We know Townsend’s commitment is there, and so is his quality. Everybody was doing quite well.”