United Match Review: Best way to stop the critics, win games
The end is nigh for Jose Mourinho? No matter what the result is, Jose will be sacked by the United board. How the Mirror and their “source” got it so wrong. Mourinho’s mini Premier League revival keeps coming, since the leaked story, he has gained 7 points out of a possible 9, with only a 97th minute equaliser for Chelsea ruining a great 2nd half away performance.
Everton are always tough to play, no matter at Goodison or Old Trafford they play with a spirit and belief in their system. United’s first half performance got better throughout the half, Pogba was running the show with his passing & athleticism throughout the midfield. Some of his passing was delicious and setting up Martial down the left where Seamus Coleman was having a tough day! The main talking point from the first half; was it a penalty? On first sight, yes! Typical Martial, running up against Gueye and turning him inside out then the defender stuck out a lazy leg. However, on 2nd review which the referee doesn’t have the luxury of, the midfielder got a touch on the ball and Martial went down after it. Pogba’s penalty technique brings an anxiousness around the stadium, as he takes far too long to step up and try put one past the keeper. Pickford, who was excellent throughout the game, saved his penalty but Pogba got the rebound.
The second half begun the way the first ended, United looked good for their lead & went two up with a Pogba assist & a glorious finish from Martial who was showing what a run of games can do for someone. Coming in from the left hand side of the box, first time strike, started the ball outside the post, curled back in and beat Pickford, who could nothing about it, in front of the Stretford End.
Everton came back into it due to a sloppy pass from Pogba which was intercepted and sent through Richarlson who was crunched down by Smalling inside the box. It was a poor decision by the England centre half. In previous years, Rio Ferdinand would have stood him up and see him out of the box but United’s back four don’t have a world class player between them. Sigurdsson stepped up and beat De Gea to make it a nervy 2-1. Everton huffed and puffed but never really troubled the United back line for the remaining 20 mins.
A good result and onto high flying Bournemouth before the Derby versus Man City.