Manchester United beat Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday by 0-3, with Alejandro Garnacho scoring a stunning opener within three minutes, Marcus Rashford adding the second goal from the penalty spot in the 56th, after former United fullback Ashley Young brought down Anthony Martial inside the box, and Martial himself setting the final score in the 75th.
The scoreline at the end of the game may suggest a comfortable United triumph, but it was arguably harsh on the Toffees who actually put up a decent fight to try and match the 20-time English champions on the pitch.
The stats back that up, with Everton having the ball at their feet for 51% of the total playing time and taking a total of 24 shots, six of which went on target. United took just nine, four on target, but the three that went in were taken in such a manner that Jordan Pickford couldn’t do anything about any of them.
Just over two minutes in, Rashford engaged Diogo Dalot on the right, and the Portuguese sent an outswinging cross to the far side of the box, where Garnacho caught it with a beautiful scissor-kick and hit the far top corner. Pickford flew through the air and stretched to his full length, but there was no stopping that shot. It was very reminiscent of the spectacular goal Wayne Rooney scored in the Manchester Derby in February 2011, and it was no great surprise to see the comparisons between the two strikes in the media straight away.
That’s when the home side obviously decided to take things seriously. In the 10th minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin threatened dangerously off the right flank as he turned Victor Lindelof inside-out and blasted on target, but Andre Onana was ready for it. The United keeper thwarted the same player again in the 31st, saving his header, and then a minute later by parrying his shot into the path of Dwight McNeil. He then saved McNeil’s shot as well, though the ball bounced off Harry Maguire and came very close to going in, enabling…
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Author : Veselin Trajkovic
Publish date : 2023-11-27 11:01:47
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