October 9, 2022 at 4:40 PM EDT
Manchester United came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in the late Sunday evening kick-off in the Premier League. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th club goal stole the headlines and the points for the Red Devils who were able to recover from the crushing derby defeat last weekend.
It was far from the start Erik ten Hag will have wanted though, as he watched Alex Iwobi bend a brilliant effort beyond David de Gea inside five minutes. It didn’t take long for the response though as Antony made it three goals in his first three Premier League games with a composed finish 10 minutes later.
Anthony Martial provided the pinpoint assist for that equaliser but had to be withdrawn inside half an hour after picking up an injury in the warm-up. His replacement made full advantage of his early introduction as Ronaldo latched onto Casemiro’s through ball and finished calmly past Jordan Pickford to bring up the 700th club goal of his glittering career.
Other than having to weather a stoppage-time Everton storm, Manchester United were able to hold onto the win in a fairly routine manner. The three points move them into fifth within a point of the Champions League places while the Toffees have dropped into 12th.
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October 9, 2022 at 4:40 PM EDT
Thanks for joining us!
That's all from our coverage of a rare Sunday night fixture in the Premier League. All the meaningful action came in the first half but the second half still made for entertaining viewing.
The handball incident that ruled out Rashford's goal will dominate plenty of discussions over the next few days but luckily it didn't have an affect on the outcome of the game.
Make sure to keep an eye out on The Athletic this week for all the continued coverage of this evening's game. Thanks for joining us!
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October 9, 2022 at 4:31 PM EDT
Full-time FPL update
There won't be too many people who have benefitted from that game from an FPL perspective as the popular choices for both teams didn't come away with any significant returns. Although, well done to those of you with any of the below players in your teams - here's the FPL breakdown.
Top points scorers
- Iwobi & Antony - Seven points
- Ronaldo - six points
- Casemiro - five points
Bonus points (as it stands)
Three points - Ronaldo (34)
Two points - Iwobi (33)
One point - Antony (28)
October 9, 2022 at 4:29 PM EDT
The game was lost in the first half, says Lampard
After such a positive run of results, it was clearly very frustrating for Lampard to see his side roll over for Manchester United tonight. There was a late flurry of chances in stoppage time but, aside from the early goal, that's all they could really muster throughout the match.
"I think the game was lost in the first half, from our point of view," the Everton boss told BT Sport. "It was a performance short of where we've been. Against a team with the quality of Manchester United, if you make mistakes like turnovers that lead directly to goals - it's a big threat of theirs, always has been and we allowed that so that's disappointing from our point of view.
"We made a great start and, maybe in effect, it made us a tiny bit passive in our game. I think off the ball, we sort of sat in a bit there. We had to correct parts of our press at half-time because we were late to things. I didn't like some of that stuff in the first half but it was better in the second half and we pushed with a lot of spirit in the end.
"I'll applaud that a little bit from our point of view but it's disappointing because of where we're at. We've been moving in a good direction and we just get checked, it might not be the worst thing in the long term."
October 9, 2022 at 4:20 PM EDT
Ten Hag happy with his side's performance
As I've mentioned a couple of times, the scoreline didn't quite reflect Manchester United's dominance throughout the 90 minutes. Ten Hag admitted that he was very pleased with the performance and broke it down when he spoke to BT Sport.
"Especially first half, we were pressing well and Everton didn't come out," said the Red Devils boss. "It was difficult for them to come into the game and their game is to switch the ball and get a lot of crosses in. We didn't allow that."
Casemiro had a really slow start to the game as he gave away the ball that led to Iwobi's opener but he very quickly adapted to the pace of the Premier League on his first start.
"He will anticipate quickly. You saw during the game how important he is," Ten Hag added. "He's composed, winning a lot of balls including the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo. He grew into the game, a good performance."
October 9, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT
"Never dull" - Laurie's assessment
Once again I find myself agreeing with Laurie's assessment of the match. See what he said at full-time below.
October 9, 2022 at 4:06 PM EDT
Fernandes: "Important to get back on the winning track"
It was a good performance from everyone in a red shirt this evening. The scoreline didn't quite reflect their dominance but the win was more important than anything else, as articulated by Fernandes after the match.
"We didn't have a terrible start, we conceded a goal from nothing but we played pretty well in the first half," he told BT Sport. "Second half, the last 20 minutes, we could have done a little bit better but three big points for us. It's really important to get back on the winning track.
"We want these kind of games, we want to show our spirit, togetherness. It's really important for us that we carry this on because this is what helped us win four games in a row and it made us win today."
October 9, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT
Why Marcus Rashford’s goal was ruled out for handball
A quick explainer for the disallowed goal towards the end:
Rashford looked to have added the gloss to the scoreline with a third goal, but it was ruled out by VAR for offside, despite the handball appearing to be accidental.
The law changed at the beginning of the 2021-22 season. If a player handballs it accidentally, and their teammate then scores, the goal stands.
However, if the player who handballed it scores themselves, the goal is disallowed. Rashford should have squared it to Bruno…
October 9, 2022 at 3:53 PM EDT
Manchester United hang on for three vital points!
FT Everton 1-2 Manchester United
The visitors are (just about) able to deal with the late Everton pressure and cling on for a massive victory at Goodison Park. They move fifth in the Premier League and are now within just a point of the top four.
Job done for Ten Hag and the Red Devils.
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October 9, 2022 at 3:51 PM EDT
Brilliant De Gea save keeps out Garner!
90+2' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
It's taken them long enough but the home side are finally pushing for a late equaliser. It would have some story for Garner if he could've beaten De Gea with an effort from outside the box but his effort - that was heading for the top corner - was really well saved by the United goalkeeper at full stretch.
As time ticks away, Varane replaces Antony.
October 9, 2022 at 3:49 PM EDT
Onana heads wide!
90' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
Another headed chance for Onana but another header he can't direct on target. It was once again Gray who picked him out and that will go down as a big chance for the midfielder.
Four minutes have been added on by the referee, as indicated by the fourth official.
October 9, 2022 at 3:45 PM EDT
McTominay booked immediately after coming on
86' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
The customary yellow card is shown to McTominay less than two minutes after he came on for Eriksen. Like Gordon, he has now accumulated five bookings in the Premier League this season so he misses the next match; the visit of Newcastle next Sunday.
October 9, 2022 at 3:43 PM EDT
VAR reprieve hands Everton lifeline
84' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
That VAR decision was met by the biggest roar from the home fans since Iwobi opened the scoring. It should breathe new life into the hosts who have looked really lethargic in this second half.
Meanwhile, Maupay is replaced by Rondon. An evening to forget for the former Brighton striker who hardly touched the ball.
October 9, 2022 at 3:41 PM EDT
VAR rules out Rashford goal!
82' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
That is unbelievably harsh. The ball bounced up from Tarkowski's tackle onto the arm of Rashford and the VAR is left with no choice but to disallow the goal.
That one doesn't quite sit right with me but rules are rules.
October 9, 2022 at 3:39 PM EDT
Rashford makes it 3-1!
81' Everton 1-3 Manchester United
October 9, 2022 at 3:34 PM EDT
Calvert-Lewin and Garner into the action for Everton
75' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
A couple of attacking changes from Lampard. Coleman and Gueye are replaced by Garner - signed from Manchester United in the summer - and Calvert-Lewin who is making his first appearance of the season.
October 9, 2022 at 3:32 PM EDT
Fernandes whipped off his feet!
74' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
Here's a visual representation of the foul that brought a yellow card for Gordon. Still images are rarely useful but this one paints an excellent picture of why the Everton winger had his name taken by David Coote.
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October 9, 2022 at 3:30 PM EDT
Onana heads Gray's corner over the bar
71' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
The Toffees have been so much better in the last 15 minutes or so and they are starting to put United under some significant pressure. Their latest foray into the opposing third brought a corner and Onana beat his man but couldn't keep his header down.
October 9, 2022 at 3:27 PM EDT
McNeil replaces Gordon
69' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
Following that clearance from Coleman, Gordon's evening was cut short. He has been replaced by McNeil who was on the books at Manchester United as a youngster.
October 9, 2022 at 3:26 PM EDT
End-to-end stuff at Goodison!
67' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
The game situation has made for an excellent final half an hour. Everton are pushing to level the scoreline but, in doing so, there are plenty of gaps for United to counter attack, which they do so well.
A moment ago, Coleman excellently cleared Rashford's low cross which was destined to find Ronaldo who surely wouldn't have missed at the far post.
October 9, 2022 at 3:23 PM EDT
Gordon enters the referee's book for a full-blooded challenge on Fernandes
64' Everton 1-2 Manchester United
Oof! That's the kind of challenge that gets the fans off their seats - especially somewhere like Goodison Park - but it's rash and deserving of the game's second yellow card.
It's his fifth of the season and means he will miss his side's next game; the late kick-off away at Tottenham next Saturday.