Rafa Benitez regrets not being able to hide the transfer truth, as Everton’s progress has made clear
Both sides went into this level on points, knowing that a win would lead them to the top of the new Premier League table, but in every other sense Everton knew they were not facing Manchester United on an equal footing. , writes Chris Beesley.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjær was able to splash out on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer – and start with the two earlier on the bench for this game – Rafa Benitez’s first transfer window when Blues boss saw him spend less than £ 2million with four of his new faces coming free.
Financial Fair Play constraints ensured it was Everton’s lowest summer spending in a decade and a return to the days of forced austerity, as David Moyes used to describe meetings with United’s nouveau riche ‘noisy neighbors’ City as “taking a knife to a shot.”
Considering that what these clubs shot out to go into this campaign was like a butter knife going up against a bazooka.