THREADBARE TOFFEES EARN POINT AT OLD TRAFFORD
An injury-riddled Everton side led for a portion of the game but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manchester United to set them for the vital League Cup tie with Leicester in the week.
Everton’s injury problems were so severe that they were forced to start Mason Holgate at central midfield, and the situation was worsened when Lucas Digne was forced to go off on 25 minutes. But Holgate played superbly as did the Toffees and their perseverance was rewarded on 36 minutes when Digne’s replacement Leighton Baines’ corner trickled in off Man United defender Victor Lindelof’s shin.
The Blues spent almost all the remainder of the game desperately trying to defend their lead but they were undone on 77 minutes by young United attacker Mason Greenwood’s low strike from the edge of the area. But Duncan Ferguson’s side were able to hold on to a highly credible draw at Old Trafford, a ground that had not been kind to them in recent history.
Unfortunately, this impressive result was somewhat overshadowed by Ferguson’s controversial decision to take off Moise Kean despite him only being on for 18 minutes and huge doubts are now cast over the young Italian’s future with the club.
15th December 2019 – Premier League