Manchester United failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s draw yesterday as we were held to a 1-1 draw away to Everton this afternoon.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the hosts the lead inside three minutes at Goodison Park following a gift from David de Gea.
Opposite number Jordan Pickford returned the favour on the half hour mark as Bruno Fernandes’ long range effort managed to beat the England number one at his near post. The Portuguese superstar is already tallying up his goals in only a few games.
Here are my player ratings from Everton 1-1 Manchester United:
David de Gea 5 – Howler inside the opening couple of minutes as David de Gea stalled on the ball before his attempted clearance was closed down by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, blocking the ball into the net. The Spaniard made a super save in stoppage time to help us hold onto a point.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7 – Gylfi Sigurdsson had some success down the left wing up against Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wasn’t too good with the ball in the opposition half.
Victor Lindelof 7 – Was the best of our defenders in this game and has been performing well of late.
Harry Maguire 6 – Getting caught out upfield time and time again and we were lucky not to concede a goal on the counter-attack as a result today.
Luke Shaw 7 – Saw a lot of the ball when bombing forward and helped create a couple of chances. Theo Walcott barely saw the ball down the right wing before being replaced just after the hour.
Scott McTominay 7 – Sensible game. Replaced in the final 20 minutes as he look tired by that point.
Nemanja Matic 8 -A rock in front of our defence today. Nemanja Matic is in a rich vein of form of late.
Fred 7 – Had more freedom to push forward with two central midfielders alongside him. Fred likes this role but wasn’t hugely influential today.
Bruno Fernandes 9 – The positive impact the Portuguese superstar is having continued today. Bruno Fernandes fired in our equaliser from 20 yards, beating Jordan Pickford at his near post. The January signing looked to get on the ball time and time again, tested the Everton goalkeeper a number of times and played some exquisite passes to create chances for teammates.
Mason Greenwood 5 – Simply failed to get himself into the match at all. The Everton defence had Mason Greenwood’s number today before the 18-year-old was taken off in the final 20 minutes.
Anthony Martial 6 – Greenwood’s strike partner this afternoon failed to have much of an impact in the game too. Perhaps Anthony Martial was still carrying his thigh injury as he failed to test Pickford and wasn’t too good at holding up the ball.
Odion Ighalo (20 mins) 5 – Will wonder how his effort from two yards was saved by Jordan Pickford at the end. Otherwise, Odion Ighalo couldn’t get into the game during his 20-minute cameo.
Juan Mata (20 mins) 5 – Really struggled to get onto the ball after being introduced and when he did, he often gave it away.
Brandon Williams (3 mins) N/A – Late replacement for Anthony Martial.