Manchester United were victorious over Merseyside club Everton on Saturday Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Bruno Fernandes netted twice in a 3-1 win for the away side to grab a man of the match award. Fernandes was alive in the box to head in Manchester United’s equalizer after Bernard put Everton in front with a tame but well-placed shot, and the Portuguese then scored again as his cross to Rashford crept in the far post.
New signing Edinson Cavani was on hand to finish off a 95th-minute counter-attack when Fernandes unselfishly passed him the ball instead of shooting himself and getting a hat-trick.
Everton 1–3 Manchester United (Match Preview)
Manchester United rise to 13th in the table, while Everton’s 3rd league loss in a row puts them in 5th.
Everton Player Ratings:
Jordan Pickford: 5.5
Pickford raised eyebrows again with his questionable off-the-ball antics when he fumbled the ball and punched Harry Maguire in the box. His shaky handling raises questions about his place in the team. Perhaps could have done a little better for United’s second goal.
Seamus Coleman: 6.0
Right-back put in a good performance against United and played a consistent no-nonsense role down the right. United were constant to attack from left-wing, avoiding Coleman all evening.
Michael Keane: 5.0
English centre-back Keane had a terrible day in defence. Failed to keep the likes of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandez quiet at Goodison Park.
Mason Holgate: 4.5
The defender had a dreadful outing trying to keep up with fellow English international Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, who were too hot to handle on Everton’s right flank.
Lucas Digne: 7
The French left-back did what he does best, whip in delicious crosses from the left, but the one time he should have squared it to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he (wrongly) chose to shoot.
Abdoulaye Doucoure: 6.5
The ex-Watford midfielder was excellent in the first 45 minutes but dropped off in the second half. Everton should have scored when the Frenchman pressured de Gea into losing possession.
The Brazilian had an uncharacteristically weak game in midfield as he struggled to make an impression on the game. Got booked towards the end of the match for a late challenge on Fred.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 5
The Icelander was awful off the ball, putting no pressure on United players as they got behind him easily throughout the game. When in possession, Sigurdsson impressed with his slick passing.
James Rodriguez: 4.5
Another big Premier League occasion which gave the Colombian a reality check. He had no impact on the match and was subbed off in the 80th minute for Cenk Tosun.
Bernard replaced the suspended Richarlison in the Everton lineup. He finished well for Everton’s only goal of the match, and while he caused United problems throughout the first half, the Brazilian was anonymous in the second 45 minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 7.5
The Englishman dominated United’s box, especially aerially, and was involved in everything Everton did going forward. Hit the post early on with an improvised header, and had a big part to play in Bernard’s goal.
Alex Iwobi: 6, Added much needed zest to Everton’s play.
Cenk Tosun: 5
Manchester United Player Ratings:
David de Gea: 5.5
The Spanish stopper was not comfortable with the ball at his feet and should have done better for Bernard’s goal. Apart from that, he didn’t have much to do the whole game.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6
The English full-back looked out of touch in the first 20 minutes but settled well into the game as time ticked on.
Harry Maguire: 6.5
Not his best performance but he was doing the job of two men in United’s defence. Put in important blocks and headed away a threatening ball from Iwobi to deny Calvert-Lewin his 12th goal of the season.
Victor Lindelof: 4.5
The Swede looked out of depth as he was targeted and bullied in the air by Calvert-Lewin. Was unable to win his aerial duels and put United’s defence under serious strain in the first half.
Luke Shaw: 6
The English left-back got into his stride after the first 20 minutes and whipped in a perfect cross to find Bruno Fernandes for United’s equalizer.
Scott McTominay: 7
The Scotsman found his feet after United’s equalizer and dominated Doucoure and Allan in midfield, by no way an easy task to do.
Another impressive performance from the Brazilian as he continues to anchor United’s midfield well with McTominay. Picked up a yellow card in the 83rd minute.
Juan Mata: 5
The Spaniard was wasteful with a great cross and struggled to find his feet for the entirety of the match. Was replaced 10 minutes from time for Paul Pogba.
Bruno Fernandes: 9 (Man of the Match)
The Portuguese impressed with yet again. An unmarked header, an untouched cross, and a late assist for Cavani meant that Fernandes now has 5 goals and 3 assists in the league. After picking up a yellow card early in the second half, he should have been sent-off for a series of late fouls later on.
Anthony Martial: 5
The French striker missed two great chances as he wasted Fred’s flick and an inch-perfect cross by McTominay. Went anonymous in the second half.
Axel Tuanzebe: 6
Edinson Cavani: 7, The Uruguayan opened his account with a neat finish after Bruno Fernandes played him in 5 minutes into added time.
Paul Pogba: 5.5
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