Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Paul Pogba’s withdrawal was a ‘turning point’ in his former side’s 3-3 draw with Everton on Saturday night. The Red Devils conceded late on to drop more points in the race for the Premier League title. Manchester City could now go five points clear if they beat Liverpool on Sunday.
United took the lead against Everton through Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguay international heading home Marcus Rashford’s pinpoint cross.
Bruno Fernandes then doubled the Red Devils’ advantage, curling home a terrific strike from the edge of the box.
After that, however, Everton responded.
The Toffees drew level after goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez.
In the closing stages, Scott McTominay scored for United but it wasn’t enough, with Everton snatching a point through Dominic Calvert-Lewin late on.
To make matters worse for United, Pogba was forced out of the match after picking up an injury.
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And Scholes, speaking to Premier League Productions, believes with the withdrawal of the 27-year-old was the ‘turning point’ in the contest.
“That’s a big blow. If you’re talking about title hopes, it’s a big blow for them. Of course it is,” he said.
“I just feel Paul Pogba going off was a big moment in the game.
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“I thought they had complete control up to that point. Fred coming on, they lost control in the middle of the pitch.
“[Andre] Gomes, Doucoure and [Tom] Davies really started to take control of the game and that was a big blow for United.
“Conceding a goal that late, it’s not a good look. Are they totally out of it?
“It’s going to be difficult from now on I think. But they’ve got to keep going, they’ve got to keep fighting, they’ve got to keep believing.”
Scholes added: “There was a lot of [positive] stuff in the game, of course there was, to get in the position they were in but they’ll be very disappointed.
“And again it’s at home, dropping big games at home. I think they’ll get to the end of the season and think ‘what if?’ because it’s so many stupid points they’ve dropped at home.
“They’ve lost four games at home, now these stupid points they’ve dropped, Sheffield United last week, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, losing to an Arsenal team who are nowhere near the team they were.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be a ‘what if?’ season for them.”
Solskjaer insisted United weren’t title challengers after the game, saying: “We’re not talking about winning titles!
“We’ve come a long way with this team and we shouldn’t even be considered as title chasers so that’s one for you.
“We’ve got to be better as a team and then see where we end up.
“Going forward we were very good but we need to stop conceding easy goals.”
Meanwhile, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he was proud of his side for the way they performed under the lights at Old Trafford.
“I think we started the game well, and were a little bit shy in the first half,” said the Italian.
“We had opportunities in counter-attacks in the first half but we were not clinical in passing forward.
“We didn’t deserve to lose the game two-nil. In the second half we scored two goals and that was not expected.
“After that the game was in control.
“Honestly we did not deserve to lose. The result was fair for us because the effort and the spirit of the team in the second half was really, really good.”
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