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Manchester United 1-1 Everton: Player ratings

It was a well-earned point from Everton at Old Trafford which could and probably should have been more.

Manchester United took the lead through Anthony Martial just before half-time with the help of a deflection to take it away from Jordan Pickford.

The second half was a different story though with the counter-attack being as effective as ever against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Andros Townsend slotted the ball past a frozen David De Gea to get the equaliser and Everton so very nearly went on to get the winner.

Tom Davies squared for Yerry Mina to score but he was clearly offside, Davies should have had the shot himself.

Another solid defensive display made sure of the point for The Blues though.

Player ratings:

Jordan Pickford: 7

Didn’t really have too much to do. A few simple shots straight at him which he dealt with as expected. One good save to deny Cavani carrying on his goalscoring streak against Everton. 

Ben Godfrey: 4

Looked out of place at right-back once again. Struggled with positioning all game and left Anthony Martial with acres of space to be able to unleash a strike which deflected past Pickford. Some great sliding challenges as always but again wasted at right-back. 

Yerry Mina: 7

Some vital interceptions early on in the game to deny Manchester United a fast start. Dealt with everything that got thrown at him carrying on his impressive form. Was dancing as he thought he had the winner but was eventually given as offside. One of the first names on the team sheet.

Michael Keane: 5

Lack of composure on the ball meant he lost possession nine times, needs improving. Let Cavani go for the big headed chance that Pickford saved which was poor. Had a headed chance glance not too far wide in the first half. Coped with Ronaldo well and kept the rigid defensive shape.

Lucas Digne: 4

Wan-Bissaka had the beating of him in the first half which is never a good thing. Did not have an attacking influence on the game either. Done well in the low block which is probably not when he is most comfortable due to him wanting to get forward.

Andros Townsend: 9

Had the beating of his man every time. Luke Shaw couldn’t cope with him when he decided to take him on. Scored the equaliser showing his composure slotting it past a helpless De Gea. Then went onto do the SIU celebration which was the cherry on top of a relentless performance.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 7

The legs in midfield as always, never stops. His ball carrying and strength in his challenges caused The Red Devils problems. Got another assist after getting his head up and impressively picked out Townsend running through on goal. Another tireless performance.

Allan: 4

Kept the midfield shape all game making it difficult for Manchester United to build through the middle. However, didn’t offer himself in possession and was absent for large parts of the game. Only won two ground duels and didn’t do anything with the ball. Not his finest game in a blue shirt.

Anthony Gordon: 6

Was really disciplined for the 70 minutes that he was on the pitch for. Grew in confidence throughout the game taking on Lindelöf and getting the better of him. Done enough to stop Wan-Bissaka having a big enough influence in the attack.

Demarai Gray: 9

From the first minute he was the one that all his teammates were looking for. There was danger for the backline of Man United every single time he picked the ball up. Had a vicious long shot well saved by De Gea in the first half. Ran the show for Everton in the second half. Every counter-attack was orchestrated by him and the goal came from him. Got hold of the ball on the left and bullied Fred off it before finding Doucoure who found Townsend. Definitely Everton’s main man this campaign. Potential to be signing of the season.

Salomon Rondon: 5

Some much better hold-up play then in the previous games. Won five aerial duels out of eight proving he was a handful. Had a chance when he was put through in the first half but his lack of pace yet again proved to be an issue.

Substitutions:

Tom Davies: 3

Poor decision making passing it to Yerry Mina when he had all the time and space in the world in the box to do whatever. Should have had a shot and attempted to win the game by himself. 

Lewis Dobbin: N/AAnother Premier League appearance for the 18-year-old but did not touch the ball as he came on in injury time.

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