Manchester United came in to this game sitting at the wrong end of the table after a slow start to the season. Everton on the other hand had made a fantastic start but were on a run of 3 games without a win. Both sides were desperate for the points.
The home team came flying out of the traps and got in the faces of there opponents straight away. Although Everton had made the brighter start it was the away team who had the first chance. A United corner found Martial but his left foot shot went just wide. He should of hit the target.
United went behind to a poor goal in Turkey on Wednesday and they would do so today. A goal kick from Pickford found its way to Bernard and the Brazilian controlled it before firing it into the back of the net between the legs of Wan Bissaka. It was a really poor goal to concede and Solskjaer looked far from impressed in the dugout.
It didn’t take United long to respond. Luke Shaw was having a good game and on the 25th minute his fine cross found Fernandes and his superb header flew past Jordan Pickford.
United started to stamp there authority on the game and 7 minutes after getting level they took the lead. Fred played a fantastic ball into Rashford who turned and found Fernandes in space. The Portuguese then played a dangerous ball into the box which sailed straight in. Pickford will feel he should of done better!
The way United had responded to going behind had been terrific and Solskjaer looked delighted. His players were giving everything for him, there was certainly no hint of them downing tools.
It was Everton who had the first chance of the second half. Doucoure found himself in space on the edge of the box but his shot was well blocked by Lindelöf. The swede was having a good game. It wasn’t long before United threatened to increase their lead. Pickford made a mess of a corner and Maguire’s effort landed on top of the net. United felt they should of had a penalty as Pickford caught him as he got his shot away. The Everton goalkeeper had really got away with one and it wasn’t the first time!
On the hour mark Luca Digne broke into the United box and it took a fantastic challenge from Harry Maguire to stop him in his tracks. The flag had gone up but with the timing of it neither were to know.
Everton were pushing hard to get level but the United back line was standing firm. With 20 minutes to go Rashford had a great chance to seal the points. Fred’s raking pass sent him through on goal but Pickford made a good save to deny him. Rashford should of scored.
Iwobi had only been on the field a few minutes when he saw his dangerous cross well cleared by Maguire. Along with Lindelöf, the United captain had been excellent all afternoon. The likes of Calvert-Lewin and Rodriguez had barely had a kick.
The pressure from the home side was really starting to mount. But with Everton throwing bodies forward it left them open to be hit them on the break, and In Injury time that’s exactly what happened
Allan’s forward pass got cut out by Maguire and United were away. Fernandes raced forward before slipping in Cavani to make it 3-1. That was his first goal for the club.
Fernandes could easily of wrapped up his hat trick but instead laid it on a plate for his team mate. Brilliant unselfish play from the United playmaker.
There had been superb performances all across the pitch, Mctominay and Fred especially. This was a seventh consecutive away win for United and a much needed 3 points!