Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previews Everton clash
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Everton boss Rafa Benitez admits it was a ‘pity’ his side saw a late goal disallowed in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon. Yerry Mina’s effort five minutes before the end was ruled out for offside after Andros Townsend had fired the Toffees level in the 64th minute.
Everton produced an impressive performance at Old Trafford as they claimed a share of the spoils to prevent United from leapfrogging Merseyside rivals Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
The draw temporarily moved Everton up to third place, with the Toffees losing just one of their opening seven games of the season.
“It’s a pity the last one because it’s offside but it could be even better,” Benitez reflected after the match.
“But we are pleased with the way we played and the result at the end.
“We played against a very good team – it’s not easy to get a result here and we did well.
“We are doing well. We have some problems with injuries and still the team is working really hard and reacting really well.
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“You can see the team spirit and the fans will appreciate that and the players will appreciate the support of the fans.
“So you can see now we have a very good understanding.”
Everton were the better side in the opening period but fell behind after Anthony Martial hit a screamer into the top corner.
But Everton fought back and levelled the scores as Townsend hit an effort into the bottom corner after a breakaway move from a United corner.
Both sides searched for a winner and it was Everton who thought they would come away with the three points, only to see Mina’s strike chalked off.
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It was another miserable day at Old Trafford for United and the main talking point had come before the match even got underway after Cristiano Ronaldo was named on the bench.
The Portugal forward had struck five goals in five games since returning to Old Trafford this season but was sensationally left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up.
Ronaldo was introduced to proceedings just before the hour mark but couldn’t make an impact as United were left to rue a missed opportunity to go top of the Premier League table.
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