Everton held Manchester United to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday to deny Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a return to the top of the Premier League table, just days after the Red Devils inflicted a devastating 9-0 defeat on Southampton.
Goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes put United ahead in the first half but the Toffees hit back in style, capitalising on some sloppy defending from the hosts to smash two goals to tie the game in the second half. Scott McTominay’s header looked to have sealed all three points for United but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late, late strike rescued a draw for The Blues.
United have now dropped points for the second time in three games following the goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last month.
While Victor Lindelof, who has previously been subject to criticism from fans, players and pundits, may seem like an obvious target, Harry Maguire was actually one of the main culprits who was at fault for the dreadful defensive performance.
Given Calvert-Lewin scored with the final kick of the game as Maguire seemed to play him onside, it’s fair to say that the Englishman struggled to cope with the pressure as he was a bit of a liability at the back. He recorded zero tackles, which was two fewer than Lindelof himself, and also showed a lapse in concentration as he didn’t win a single duel on the ground and made one error leading to a shot, via SofaScore.
Not only did he endure an extremely difficult evening up against the rampaging Calvert-Lewin, who won five out of his eight duels overall (62%), he was also rather wasteful in possession, as he produced just two accurate long balls from four attempts.
His errors in the build-up to Calvert-Lewin’s late equaliser summed up his frustrations on the night after Lucas Digne’s free-kick caused chaos inside the box.
United missed a real opportunity to go joint-top of the Premier League table as a result and are now two points behind Manchester City, who have two games in hand over their arch rivals as they prepare for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
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