English giants Manchester United suffered another setback in their title aspirations after failing to win again in their second consecutive premier league game at Old Trafford against Everton FC in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, 02 October 2021.
The Red devils saw their premier league title aspirations hit another snag after an equaliser from the Merseyside outfit through an Andros Townsend goal in the 65th minute of the game after French forward Anthony Martial had opened the scoring for United with his first goal of the season in the 43rd minute of the first half. Manchester United also suffered a late scare in the 85th minute of the second half after Everton had found the back of the net for the second time in the match through defender Yerry Mina but the goal was adjudged to have been offside after a VAR check.
Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had thrown on Cristiano Ronaldo from the bench in the 57th minute replacing Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani, hoping for a repeat of the Portuguese superstar’s heroic exploits with a last minute winner in their midweek clash against Villarreal in the Champions league. Ronaldo could not deliver this time with United finding chances hard to come by against a well set up Everton side. Solskjaer speaking in his post match interview did find some positives in his team’s performance but was disappointed with the second half display from his united side.
“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 [goal] 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. We need to be better at when to risk it, and how not to be counter attacked, that’s the key lesson,” Said Solskjaer, as quoted by the Guardian. “Anthony [Martial] did well, could have had one or two more,” Solskjaer added, as per the Guardian.