Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 1-1 Everton
Ibrahimovic 90+4 pen Jagielka 22
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Manchester United last night against Ronald Koeman’s Everton. The Swedish veteran converted a penalty in what was the last kick of the game, after Ashley Williams was sent off for a hand ball. Phil Jagielka had previously opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute, slotting home from close range on the end of a corner.
Manchester United started the game really well, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming close five minutes in. The striker broke through the defence to be one-on-one with the keeper and his shot was pushed away by Joel.
Jose Mourinho’s side played a good passing game early in the first half, and they strung many passes together before Jesse Lingard’s shot went just wide of the goal in the 12th minute.
Four minutes later the hosts came close again, with Ibrahimovic playing a good ball through to Rashford. The youngster’s shot went just wide of the mark, but had he scored it wouldn’t have counted as he was offside.
Everton had their first chance of the game in the 21st minute after some good counter-attacking football. Gareth Barry played a good aerial ball to Mirallas, who was unmarked, and the Belgian’s shot from close range was saved by De Gea to his right. The corner was poorly defended by the home side, and Koeman’s side took the lead as captain Phil Jagielka got a slight touch of the ball on its way in.
The away side then grew into the game, and Romelu Lukaku looked particularly threatening. He was on the receiving end of a good ball just five minutes after the opening goal, and his shot went just wide of the mark.
Manchester United did come very close to getting back into the game in the 31st minute however. Daley Blind took a brilliant free kick, forcing Joel into a brilliant save to his right before Herrera’s rebound went over.
United looked shaky at the back, and Lukaku got through the defence quite easily in the 39th minute only for his shot to be blocked by Young. Everton led 1-0 at half time.
Jose Mourinho decided to bring Paul Pogba on at half time in place of Daley Blind, and the £89 million man made a quick impact on the game – heading onto the crossbar ten minutes into the second half.
Marouane Fellaini came close for United on two occasions soon after one another, shooting just wide from close range in the 62nd minute and then having a header saved by Joel to his left two minutes later.
United continued to dominate proceedings at Old Trafford, and they thought they had an equaliser in the 72nd minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home on the end of a great ball from Ander Herrera but the goal was ruled out for offside – although TV replays suggest that the Swedish star wasn’t offside.
Five minutes later Mourinho’s side came close again, with Marcos Rojo heading just over the bar on the end of a great ball by Paul Pogba.
Everton were fairly resolute at the back, having brought on an extra defender in Matthew Pennington in the 67th minute – and they also looked threatening on the counter attack. In the 79th minute, Romelu Lukaku came fairly close but his attempt was prevented thanks to an outstanding last ditch block from Eric Bailly.
Everton continued to frustrate Manchester United at the back, and it looked like they were on their way to winning the game when Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed over on the end of a great ball from Rashford in the 89th minute. However, their work was undone in the last minute of added time. Luke Shaw’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was blocked by the hand of Ashley Williams. Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot, and sent off Ashley Williams for the hand ball.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up and beat Joel with a well-composed penalty down the right-hand side to secure a point for the Red Devils.
The result means that Jose Mourinho’s side remain in fifth, with Arsenal able to overtake them if they beat West Ham United tonight. Up next for United is Sunderland away from home on Saturday. Everton remain comfortably in seventh, with a thirteen point gap between them and West Brom. They face Leicester City next at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Young 6 (Shaw 65), Bailly 8, Rojo 6, Blind 6 (Pogba 45), Carrick(c) 7 (Mkhitaryan 65), Herrera 7, Lingard 7, Fellaini 5, Rashford 7, Ibrahimovic 7.
Sub ratings: Pogba 7, Shaw 8, Mkhitaryan 6.
Subs not used: Martial, Romero (GK), Fosu-Mensah, Darmian.
Everton: Joel 8, Holgate 7, Williams 7, Jagielka(c) 7, Baines 7, Gueye 7, Barry 7, Mirallas 7 (Pennington 67), Barkley 7 (Calvert-Lewin 80), Davies 7, Lukaku 8.
Booked: Joel, Gueye, Barry, Davies.
Sent off: Williams
Sub ratings: Pennington 7, Calvert-Lewin 7.
Subs not used: E Valencia, Stekelenburg (GK), Lookman, Kenny, Williams.