Manchester United relieved


By: Manu Tournoux

Winner of Everton this Saturday at Old Trafford (2-0, 28th day of the Premier League), Manchester United can still believe in Europe.

It was a match not to be lost for Manchester United. While the Red Devils remained in two defeats in a row in the league, they were able to take advantage of the reception of Everton this Saturday, to win (2-0) and stay in the wake of Tottenham, current fifth in the Premier League and last holder of a European ticket.

Beaten at home by Fulham two weeks ago (1-2) before being overthrown last weekend by their neighbor City (3-1), United knew that once again, they would not have the room for error. The reception of an Everton team in great difficulty this season was therefore the perfect opportunity to raise their heads. And things quickly turned in favor of the locals, with Bruno Fernandes opening the score from the penalty spot (1-0, 12th).

History of penalties

Well launched, the Red Devils continued to move forward and finally doubled the lead, once again from the penalty spot, this time converted by Marcus Rashford (2-0, 36th). Enough to reach the locker room with a comfortable lead. Up to a certain point all the same since, as is often the case, the Mancunians played to scare themselves during the second act.

Overall dominated by Everton, the second half saw the Toffees hit twice as many goals as their opponents. But precision, and especially efficiency, were lacking from the partners of Dominic Calvert-Lewin who entered on the hour mark and was dangerous on several occasions. In the provisional ranking, United is therefore three points behind fifth place, but with two games more than Tottenham. If Europe is still possible, it is still far away for United. As for Everton, it remains sixteenth, five points from the red zone.

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