Six things we learned from Manchester United against Everton

Manchester United have missed the chance to go to the top of the Premier League after playing 1-1 with Everton.

Anthony Martial’s goal was not enough to win the match against Rafa Benitez’s side due to Andros Townsend’s equalizer.

Here’s a look at five things we learned from the fight …

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Solskjær goes back to 4-2-3-1

Ole Gunnar Solskjær went to a 4-3-3 system against Villarreal in the middle of the week, and United looked too open for the counter-attack.

Fred was in the side ahead of Paul Pogba here when Solskjær returned to his tried and tested 4-2-3-1.

Demarai Gray was still able to find space between the lines at times, but overall there was more control in the first half, but still a lack of invention.

The debate over whether Fred and Scott McTominay are both required in midfield will rumble on, and Solskjær brought Paul Pogba forward for the Brazilian with United in search of a winning goal after 70 minutes.

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Ronaldo is wrong

It is logical that at the age of 36, Cristiano Ronaldo may not be playing every game, and this was the first Premier League game he has been on the bench since returning.

Edinson Cavani deserved a start, and this was an insight into how Solskjær will manage his team in the future.

Solskjær generally makes late substitutions, but Ronaldo replaced Cavani in 56 minutes here.

Bruno Fernandes is apparently the only tireless player in forward-looking areas for United as it looks, but in the end it turned out to be expensive to play to give Ronaldo rest.

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Martial ends its drought before injury

The inclusion of Anthony Martial was perhaps even more surprising than Ronaldo being left on the bench.

Solskjær was clearly keen to maintain faith in the French international, and he responded with a first goal in eight months to open the scoring.

Martial’s confidence looked low before he broke the deadlock. His dribbles were strained and he was tentative as he attacked an early header.

The BT Sport camera focused on Martial when he came on the field after half time, but it looked like he was limping and waving.

And so it turned out that Martial came out for Jadon Sancho within 11 minutes of the break.

That meant Martial’s afternoon ended with a sour note and he will hope the problem is not something serious after he scored when he was given a chance to shine.

United struck back at home again

United used to come from behind on the road last season. The opposite happens regularly at home in this term.

United have gone 1-0 ahead in three of their four home games at home so far before being hung back each time.

The above state should be a concern for Solskjær. United roared back against Leeds and Newcastle, but it’s hard to score twice in every home game just to get a win.

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Sancho’s cameo was light

Sancho was accused of adding urgency to United’s attack as he went in search of a winner.

Clearly, his confidence is growing and there was a particularly impressive moment when he left Ben Godfrey to die down the left flank.

A first United goal still avoids him – and a late opportunity was tampered with – but the signs are good, and Solskjær emphasized his faith in the winger yesterday.

This was another step in the right direction despite yet another overwhelming collective team performance and a poor result.

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United misses the chance to go to the top

United went into this match knowing that if they won, they would go to the top of the league.

When Liverpool and Manchester City faced each other tomorrow, it was an opportunity to make up for at least one title rival.

United started as a side with a bit between the teeth before the performance swayed and the flatness of the crowd reflected that.

In the end, there should be no escape action like the drama in the midweek against Villarreal and this was a great chance that was missed.

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