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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Manchester United suffers a Draw with Everton


Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued an injury-time draw for Manchester United against Everton as Jose Mourinho's side once again failed to win in the league at Old Trafford. The Swede's 94th-minute penalty was awarded after Luke Shaw's goal-bound shot was handled on the line by visiting defender Ashley Williams, who was given a red card. 

The point means United extend their unbeaten run to 20 games, but have now drawn nine times at home in the league and 12 overall, while opponents Everton missed the chance to leapfrog them in the table. Everton's opener came through Phil Jagielka's clever, flicked finish from close range when he had his back to goal.


In response to going behind, Ander Herrera struck the crossbar after Joel Robles parried Daley Blind's free-kick and the United midfielder also forced Toffees goalkeeper Robles into a full-stretch save. Paul Pogba came on for the second half and headed against the bar from Ashley Young's free-kick, while Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed for offside in a disjointed United performance.

Implication:
Last night's Manchester United - Everton game could’ve been a big deal to either team. If Everton won, they would’ve leapt over Arsenal and United to take the fifth spot in the table, just five points behind Man City in fourth; while they still would’ve had basically no realistic shot of finishing in the top four, they could have at least pretended they did without getting laughed at. A United win would’ve been a statement of intent, making clear that the Red Devils were serious competitors in a top four race that they would extend to the very last days of the season. In the end, the game finished 1-1, which doesn’t really help either of them.

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