Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Solskjaer on Utd improvements ahead of Everton

Manchester United host Everton in the Premier League with both clubs having the chance to top the table if they claim the win.

United, currently fourth, head into the match off the back of a league defeat after Aston Villa scored at the death to win 1-0. And Bruno Fernandes’ missed penalty meant they took no points away from the match. The Portuguese international is sure to be called upon this weekend but one player who may once again miss out is Donny van de Beek.

The midfielder showed his frustration about being left on the bench during United’s Champions League win against Villarreal and it’s safe to say manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t reacted well: “I’ve got a squad of internationals and if we’re going to be successful we need positive energy, no sulkers. Donny has never affected his teammates negatively. As soon as I see players affecting the team negatively then that’s a different scenario and I’ll probably be firmer.”

Solskjaer will have to calm the unrest in his squad if he is to defeat Rafa Benitez’s Everton who have had a strong start to the season. They are currently fifth following four wins, one draw and a loss. A worry for the Toffees though comes through injuries as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and Andre Gomes remain out and Alex Iwobi is in doubt for the clash. Ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, Benitez said: “I will say that he has a little problem, I don’t know if he will be available for tomorrow.”

Follow live minute-by-minute updates, live score and goal updates, analysis and reaction below:

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Man Utd 1 – 1 Everton

75 mins: Gray is still very much a menacing presence for Everton, breaking inside the United box before just running out of room.

At the other end of the pitch, Sancho plays a ball forward for Ronaldo, who whizzes a shot across the face of Pickford’s goal.

Doucoure then picks up a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Fernandes.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 14:05

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Man Utd 1 – 1 Everton

71 mins: Tom Davies replaces Antony Gordon for the away side, while Paul Pogba is introduced for United, in place of Fred.

Everton are very much camped in their own half now, with United needing a goal to go top of the Premier League table.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 14:01

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Man Utd 1 – 1 Everton – Gray, Doucoure combine beautifully

The goal came from the pace and strength initially of Gray, who has been excellent this afternoon.

After struggling off Greenwood, the winger laid it off the Doucoure, who expertly swivelled and played in Townsend.

United find themselves level at home once again after Wednesday’s clash against Villareal. Once again, Solskjaer will have to rely on Ronaldo and co to dig him out of trouble

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:58

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GOAL! Man Utd 1 – 1 Everton (Townsend, 64)

Andros Townsend scores on the counter after fine work from Gray.

The former Palace man is played through clean on goal, and beautifully rolls the ball beyond De Gea into the far corner.

A wonderful breakaway goal to level the scoreline.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:54

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Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton

62 mins: Big chance for United!

It’s a lovely sweeping move forward by the home side, which ends with Bruno Fernandes squaring the ball to McTomminay in the middle of the Everton penalty box.

Unfortunately for the Old Trafford faithful, he cant quite trap the ball, but the impetus from United is much better since the introduction of Ronaldo and Sancho.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:52

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Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton

56 mins: Here come the first changes for United, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho come on to replace goalscorer Martial and Cavani.

Can the iconic number 7 grab his sixth goal of the season?

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:46

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Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton

53 mins: Gray continues to look like Everton’s biggest threat on the counter, with the former Bayer man closing down the United defenders with real enthusiasm.

On the sidelines, Jadon Sancho looks like he is getting ready to come on – likely for Martial who is limping slightly.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:43

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Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton

48 mins: Greenwood strikes from range, but it’s straight into the grateful hands of Pickford.

United have started the second half the much brighter team, dominating possession.

Neither side made a change at half-time.

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:38

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Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton – Second half underway

We’re back underway at Old Trafford.

Can Everton get themselves back into this one?

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:35

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Martial relishes playing against Everton

The Frenchman’s goal today was his fifth against the Toffees

Thomas Fenton2 October 2021 13:34

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