Manchester United and Everton neutralized each other (1-1) on Saturday at the start of Matchday 7 of the Premier League, both missing the opportunity to temporarily take the lead in the Premier League.
The Red Devils and Toffees join Liverpool, which receives Manchester City on Sunday, in the lead with 14 points, but they remain behind the Reds on goal difference, with +8 and +5 against +11 respectively.
Martial scorer after eight months of famine
After the precious success snatched at the end of added time against Villarreal (2-1) on Wednesday in the Champions League, Manchester was the first on the bridge on Saturday and had decided to do without Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba at kick-off.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had given their chance to Edinson Cavani, for his first start of the season, and Anthony Martial, aligned on the left side, while Mason Greenwood started on the right.
The bet could have been a winner, the Uruguayan standing out with a beautiful header well repelled by the English international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (21st), before Martial opened the scoring with a strong and slightly deflected strike, after being well shifted by Bruno Fernandes (1-0, 43rd).
But Everton, vivified by the arrival of Rafael Benitez on his bench this summer and by a good offensive recruitment, was able to come back despite absences as important as those of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in attack. The arrivals of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend gave the answer, in front, to the other cub from Liverpool.
Gray had already shaken Old Trafford with a breakthrough and a nice low shot shortly after half an hour into the game. On a counterattack after a corner kick, he was stronger than Fred in a shoulder duel. to keep the ball and serve Abdoulaye Doucouré who served Townsend with great coolness whose cross strike left De Gea no chance (1-1, 65 ‘).
Despite the entries of « CR7 », Jadon Sancho and Pogba in the second half, Manchester could not avoid this frustrating sharing of points which however leaves him well placed before the international break in October.
The Toffees could even have won the three points if Yerri Mina’s goal had not been signaled offside by the VAR (85 ‘).