(Manchester United-Everton 1-1) Andros Townsend deprived Manchester United of two points in the title match after a beautiful attack by Everton. Then the 30-year-old celebrated as Cristiano Ronaldo (36).
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After the points loss to an injured Everton team, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s gallery of stars remains with just two wins in the team’s last six games. In Saturday’s game, Anthony Martial (25) sent the red jerseys in the lead just before half-time, but the guests scored a deserved point.
– Manchester United’s problems continue at Old Trafford. They have played four games here now, unimpressed. When the results don’t come in, questions are asked about Solskjær’s position, says TV 2 commentator Øyvind Alsaker.
– Of course it’s done, says fellow expert Nils Johan Semb.
Martial screamed with joy
Martial scored his first goal for Manchester United in eight months when Ole Gunnar Solskjær (28) gave him the opportunity at Ronaldo’s expense.
While the Portuguese superstar was allowed to rest on the bench alongside another profile like Paul Pogba (28), Martial started down the left wing.
The Frenchman was called “provocative” after the effort in the league cup defeat to Aston Villa a week and a half ago, but Solskjær still gave him a rare new opportunity on Saturday afternoon. Two minutes before the break, it was worth it.
The beautiful ball handling of Bruno Fernandes (27) enabled the Portuguese to prepare Martial for shots from 16 meters and placed 1-0 over the head of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
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Martial has had a hard time showing emotion in the United kit. Even in good times, there’s something the 25-year-old Frenchman has been criticized for. But his first online contact in exactly eight months produced great scenes of jubilation.
– He’s back, Anthony Martial. Rejoicing ascends to heaven. It’s a welcome boost for Martial, Alsaker said.
Solskjær made a total of five changes from the team that beat Spanish Villarreal 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Edinson Cavani was one of the other players who had the opportunity from the beginning, and he was as always mobile and energetic in his performance.
On the bench, Ronaldo applauded Martial’s goal, while smiling in conversation with Solskjær. After 57 minutes, the Portuguese also managed to enter the Old Trafford pitch.
Ronaldo accelerated almost immediately towards Everton’s goal, but the visiting team defended well at the same time. In parallel, explosives Demarai Gray (25), Andros Townsend (30) and Abdoulaye Doucouré (28) posed a counterattack on the opposite end.
With 25 minutes to go, the aforementioned trio begins a crazy transition. The ball flew from Gray through Doucoure to Townsend, who took a bunt when he was suddenly left alone with David de Gea. With the next touch, the former used the advantage of Tottenham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace to hit it 1-1 for the guests.
– It’s world-class, exclaimed Semb, TV 2 expert.
With just over a quarter of an hour to play, substitute Jadon Sancho (21) opened a closing opportunity for Ronaldo within 16 yards of Everton, but the 36-year-old was unable to bring United back to the fore. Instead, the shot went wide.
Just before the end, Yerry Mina (27) thought he had scored the winning goal for Everton, but online knowledge of the stopper was canceled for offside following a VAR review.