Premier League | Sunday 4, 2016 | Goodison Park | Attendance: 39,550 | Scorers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 42 min; Leighton Baines pen 89 mins
Manchester United were held to a draw by Everton on Sunday, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half opener was cancelled out by a late Leighton Baines penalty at Goodison Park. Baines rescued a point for Everton 89 minutes towards the end of the game. This was after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday – much to the chagrin of United’s manager Jose Mourinho.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after a huge error from Everton’s Maarten Stekelenburg. The goalkeeper came unnecessarily rushing out of the post off his line to try and meet a long ball, and the Swedish striker simply lobbed the ball over the stopper and eventually over the line after striking the bar and post. Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he’d have swapped his fine goal at Goodison Park for a Manchester United win after the Red Devils were forced to settle for another share of the spoils against Everton on Sunday.
STATS AT HALF-TIME
Possession: Everton 38% United 62%
Total shots: Everton 4 United 4
Shots on target: Everton 0 United 2
Corners: Everton 2 United 2
STATS AT FULL-TIME
Possession: Everton 46% United 54%
Total shots: Everton 11 United 10
Shots on target: Everton 5 United 2
Corners: Everton 6 United 3
Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton against Manchester United after Jose Mourinho’s substitute, Marouane Fellaini, conceded a costly penalty against his former club at Goodison Park. Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, was introduced in the 85th minute to help change the game but he changed the game, alright – by commit a clumsy foul on Idrissa Gueye in the 18th area, and Baines made no mistake from just 12 yards away – from the penalty box – very sad!.
Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman (Holgate 67), Funes Mori, Williams, Baines, Barry, Cleverley (Deulofeu 65), Gana, Bolasie (Valencia 68), Mirallas, Lukaku.
Subs not used: Joel, Jagielka, Barkley, McCarthy.
United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Herrera, Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 85), Pogba, Martial (Rashford 82), Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Mata, Lingard.
Booked: Rojo, Fellaini, De Gea.
The Toffees’ boss praised his side for coming from behind to earn a point but Leighton Baines says he would have preferred to win after equalizing late on from the penalty spot. Everton boss Ronald Koeman argued that his side fully deserved a point from their Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
United boss, Jose Mourinho blamed ugly Everton football for Fellaini blunder and that got me stark-starring mad! This man from Portugal should stop complaining and concentrate on putting Manchester United back where we belong – at the top! This dream is slowly becoming a mirage as United draw and draw after another draw. United have now dropped seven points as a result of goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of league games this season – more than any other side.
When will United get back to winning football matches? When will we go back to our winning ways? Who can contest the fact that it is only natural when you are not winning that your confidence is not sky high enough? Nobody!
Up Man U!