Manchester United held at home by Everton in 1-1 draw

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Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring Manchester United's equalising goal. (Credit: Getty Images)
Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring Manchester United's equalising goal. (Credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United and Everton played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Everton took the lead on 36 minutes thanks to a Victor Lindelöf own goal after David Dea Gea found to clear a corner. 18-year-old Mason Greenwood came off the bench to equalise for United with just over 10 minutes to go.

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Neither side could find a winner in the closing stages despite both going for the victory, meaning the match finished 1-1.

Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson made the perfect start to his managerial career with victory over Chelsea in his first game in charge last weekend.

The former Toffees striker scored seven goals in 10 games against United in his career, and would be hoping that success would rub off on his side.

But it was the home side who started brighter. United could have opened the scoring after only 19 seconds. Jesse Lingard hit a first time shot from close range on the turn, but just missed the target.

It was an exciting start to the game, just a minute later Mason Holgate’s hopeful clipped shot from long range was heading for the top corner, before goalkeeper De Gea tipped the ball over his crossbar.

Chances were coming thick and fast for both sides. Holgate have another chance that was easily saved by De Gea this time, before Marcus Rashford and Daniel James both struck wide of Jordan Pickford’s goal in quick succession. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were getting success behind the back line of Everton on the break.

Midway through the first half United were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Everton’s penalty area. Rashford stepped up and struck a powerful shot that moved in the air, but was beaten away by Pickford.

Victor Lindelof of Manchester United reacts with teammate David De Gea after scoring an own goal. (Credit: Getty Images)
Victor Lindelof of Manchester United reacts with teammate David De Gea after scoring an own goal. (Credit: Getty Images)

Everton had grown into the game and were starting to cause United problems, creating a number of half-chances.

An Everton corner wasn’t dealt with by De Gea who completely missed his punch, the ball bounced off of the unsighted Victor Lindelöf, before crawling over the line and Everton were ahead in the game.

VAR checked for a foul on the goalkeeper just before the goal, but decided that Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s arm near the face of the Spanish ‘keeper wasn’t enough to rule to goal out.

1-0 the score at half time.

Everton interim manager Duncan Ferguson on the touchline. (Credit: Getty Images)
Everton interim manager Duncan Ferguson on the touchline. (Credit: Getty Images)

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It took until the 62nd minute for the first real chance of the second half, but Manchester United had been looking dangerous in search of their equaliser.

Luke Shaw let fly with a fierce strike just inside the penalty area that was well saved by Pickford, before James hammered his follow up into the face of him teammate Lingard.

The Red Devils looked the more likely to score next, Lindelof looked to make up for his own goal with a curling effort from the edge of the Everton area, but just missed the top corner.

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United scores his team's first goal. (Credit: Getty Images)
Mason Greenwood of Manchester United scores his team's first goal. (Credit: Getty Images)

Everton were dropping deeper as the match progressed, holding onto their one goal advantage. With 13 minutes to go United found their equaliser. James’ low ball to substitute Greenwood on the edge of the penalty area was finished into the bottom corner by the young forward.

The game had become end to end with both sides frantically searching for the winning goal in the game. Alex Iwobi’s close range shot was tipped behind by De Gea for a corner.

Everton substitute Moise Kean was substituted himself after only 19 minutes. The Italian striker looked puzzled as he left the field and then walked straight down the tunnel.

Marcus Rashford had a late half-chance for United but his shot was saved by Pickford as the game approached half time.

Neither side were able to find a winner, and both sides took a point each from the game.

United take on League Two Colchester next in their Carabao Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Everton are at home in the same competition on the same day against Leicester City.

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