Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had labeled his side’s visit to Everton as a “defining” fixture in the club’s bid to return to the Champions League. Chelsea, in 4th place, had dropped two points on Saturday, and thus a United win would have narrowed the gap to just one point.
In the end it was not to be, with United also dropping two valuable points. United effectively started the match a goal behind, following De Gea’s gaffe. Luckily once again VAR came to United’s rescue at the end. Although five points thus still separate United in fifth and 11th-placed Everton as the battle for the Europa League spots intensifies, United are now on an equal footing with Wolves, who beat Spurs in London. .
My Man of the Match is Bruno Fernandes, who is looking more and more like an excellent buy. He was influential again and claimed his first United goal from open play. He never stopped running, changing flanks continuously, and picked out passes and looked at home again as the Number 10. Looking more and more to being the savior of United’s season as his popularity with supporters grows.
United now face Derby in the FA Cup fifth on Thursday, and having safely secured their passage into the last 16 of the Europa League, where they face Austrian league leaders LASK, United could still end the season with two pieces of silverware.
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