A stoppage-time penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic salvaged a draw for Man United, as they once again drew at home.
It was a frustrating game for United, as they had most of the possession, but failed to threaten an impressive Everton side, with most of their passing slow and sideways. A lot of it was in front of the Everton defence, with no real creativity to break through.
In the 22nd minute, Everton opened the scoring. A corner came in, Ashley Williams won the header, and Phil Jagielka nipped in ahead of Marcos Rojo to deftly flick past David de Gea. De Gea possibly could’ve come out and get the ball, but Rojo also should’ve dealt with it.
United nearly scored after the goal – Joel Robles making a good save to stop a Daley Blind free-kick, and Andre Herrera hitting the bar from the follow-up. Herrera also forc d into a full-stretch save from long range.
In an attempt to get more creativity, Mourinho brought on Paul Pogba’s for Blind, with Herrera moving back to left-back. But, five minutes into the second half, Herrera swapped with Ashley Young – moving to right-back. Herrera was playing full-back even though Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw were on the bench.
10 minutes into the second half, Pogba hit the bar with a header from a Ashley Young free-kick. Just after the hour mark, Mourinho brought on Henrick Mkhitaryan, who was dropped because Mourinho wasn’t happy about his performance on Saturday, and Shaw, whose commitment had been questioned by the manager.
Ibrahimovic had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside. His arm was offside, but you don’t use your arm so it shouldn’t have been disallowed. United were staring at a first defeat since the 4-0 hammering at Chelsea in October before the penalty.
Ronald Koeman was staring at a third successive 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, with the other two being with Southampton. He would’ve been the first Premier League manager in history to win three successive away games at Old Trafford.
But, deep into stoppage time, Shaw’s right foot volley was heading in, before Ashley Williams dived and stopped it with his hand. He was sent off and United had a penalty and a huge let-off. Ibrahimovic coolly stroked home the penalty into the corner.
Everton had defended resolutely, especially Williams who patrolled the team, until his late error. Mason Holgate put in a vey good performance at right-back. They were one minute away from winning this point and leapfrogging United, but they ultimately only came away with a point.
For United, it was another poor performance at home, following the stalemate on Saturday against West Brom. It brought back memories of the time under Louis Van Gaal and his slow style of play. He was criticised for that and these last two performances have certainly been similar to those performances.
Also, after 29 games, in his first season Van Gaal had two more points and a place higher at the same point in the season. It doesn’t help that Marouane Fellaini is playing, who isn’t a good player at all and doesn’t fit into the United philosophy. Mourinho had Mkhitaryan on the bench and he decided to start Fellaini instead.
United have been indebted to Ibrahimovic this season, and he said before kick-off that the club are still in talks about signing a new deal for next season. He has scored 27 goals, but some of his play in this game was poor.
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. They have now dropped down to sixth, after Arsenal beating West Ham. They have the same amount of points but, Arsenal have a better goal difference. United still have a busy April to play and it has started with two draws, with five further league and two Europa League games to play.
Next up for United is a trip to bottom of the table Sunderland. United desperately need the win and the three points.