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Manchester United 3-3 Everton – Reds drop 2 points despite some great football

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A dramatic 95th-minute equaliser from Dominic Calvert-Lewin robbed Manchester United of all 3 points in an exciting 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.

United produced a fantastic first-half display to take a 2-0 lead into the break, courtesy of Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes. But Everton hit back quickly after half-time, with goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez levelling the score less than 10 minutes after the restart.

A Scott McTominay header looked to have sealed the win for a solid United attacking display. But with the last shot of the game, Calvert-Lewin prodded home the equaliser, leaving United no time to respond.

Harry Maguire holds a wreath as part of the pre-match remembrance for the Munich air disaster (Image credit: Manchester United via Getty)

A poignant occasion

On the 63rd anniversary of the Munich air disaster – with all players in black armbands to mark the occasion – United seemed destined to mark the occasion the right way.

A superb Marcus Rashford cross from the right found Edinson Cavani in the 24th minute. The Uruguayan was perfectly positioned to head home the opening goal of the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for Paul Pogba alongside Scott McTominay in midfield, however the Frenchman limped off injured in the 39th minute, replaced by Fred.

Paul Pogba suffered an injury in the first half (Image credit: Reuters)

Positive attacking play

United’s verve and energy controlled the first half, with a lot of luck coming down the flanks. Full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw had plenty of joy, linking up nicely with Rashford and the rejuvenated Mason Greenwood.

When Wan-Bissaka passed to Fernandes on the edge of the Everton area just before the break, what followed was one of the goals of the season. The Portuguese settled himself before a curling, dinking chip floated over the hapless Olen in the Everton goal. There were shades of Eric Cantona vs Sunderland, as the player turned to milk the applause of his team-mates.

Defensive capitulation after the break

For all the attacking positives of the first half, the turnaround after the break was shocking. Everton pressed from the whistle. A tame Calvert-Lewin cross was palmed limply away by David De Gea, for the grateful Doucoure to prod home.

Just 3 minutes later, a complete lack of defensive awareness saw an unmarked Doucoure turn provider. He spotted Rodriguez on the edge of the United area, who lashed home unchallenged.

James Rodriguez celebrates Everton’s 2nd goal (Image credit: PA)

Stunned United took some time to regroup but soon found their rhythm again. A Luke Shaw free-kick found the head of Scott McTominay on 70 minutes to put United back in control.

Scott McTominay celebrates putting United ahead (Image credit: Manchester United via Getty)

But an increasingly-nervy United couldn’t see out the game. Substitute Axel Tuanzebe gifted Everton a free-kick deep into injury time. As goalkeeper Olsen joined the attack, Lucas Digne whipped the ball into the danger zone which was poorly dealt with. Calvert-Lewin peeled away from a static United defence to prod home a late, late equaliser.

Two points dropped

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will definitely feel this is a big missed opportunity. United only have themselves to blame, as a fantastic attacking display was undone by some shocking lapses in defensive concentration.

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Marc Biggs
T1D. Manchester United Enthusiast.

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