2 things Solskjaer got right – and one he got wrong as Man Utd draw with Everton

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Manchester United conceded a 95th minute equaliser as they let leads slip on two occasions in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Everton.

Days after putting nine goals past the Saints, United looked effective in front of goal, but it was at the other end where their woes were found.

The Red Devils looked as if they would cruise to all three points as goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes put them in complete control before the break.

But after the break, Everton roared back into the game and two goals – one from Abdoulaye Doucoure and another from James Rodriguez – stunned United.

But the hosts dusted themselves down and retook the lead through a Scott McTominay header, but with just seconds remaining, Dominic Calvert-Lewin latched onto a free kick to stun United in stoppage time.

It's a result which puts a serious dent in their title challenge, handed Man City all of the initiative. Here's two things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got spot on and one he got wrong, as Everton escaped with a point.

Cavani's importance clear

"They've got a lot to learn those young players in terms of how he operates when Manchester United haven't got the ball and I think ultimately, those young three I've named, haven't grabbed that No.9 spot,” Gary Neville told Sky Sports before the game.

And in truth, any young striker would do well to watch Cavani in this kind of form.

The decision to sign the 33-year-old was heavily questioned at the time, but is looking more inspired with every passing week.

Looks up to speed with Premier League football now and is getting better with every game he plays.

BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage urged Solskjaer to play the Uruguayan every week if they are to seriously contend for the title.

In the midst of a gruelling schedule there may have been a temptation to rest him…he did well to resist it.

Holding his nerve

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  • When all of their good first-half work was undone in a matter of minutes, few would have blamed Solskjaer for ringing the changes.

    Two goals just after the break piled the pressure on the hosts, with the Toffees looking rampant and ready to complete the turnaround.

    But the Norwegian kept his cool and trusted the players that were on the pitch. That trust was rewarded with United gradually feeling their way back into the game.

    McTominay's goal was vindication for Solskjaer's calmness under pressure.

    Late sub backfires

    While he should be commended for the way he managed United throwing away their first lead, with seconds to spare, he did blink.

    With just seconds remaining Solskjaer called for Axel Tuanzebe to replace Mason Greenwood, switching United to five at the back.

    Greenwood had put in a brilliant shift and consistently offered United an out ball as he looks to get back to his best.

    Tuanzebe gave away the free kick that resulted in the last-gasp goal and although no blame could be placed on his shoulders, Solskjaer will be left ruing the decision to switch it up and his attempt to kill time.

    • Premier League
    • Manchester United FC
    • Everton FC
    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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