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Everton 1-3 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes scores twice at Goodison

By Alistair Magowan at Goodison ParkBBC Sport
Bruno Fernandes scores with a header past Jordan Pickford
Bruno Fernandes scored his 13th goal for Manchester United in the Premier League - 10 of these came in away matches

Bruno Fernandes' double eased the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United got back to winning ways at Everton.

Following their calamitous defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek and a loss to Arsenal last Sunday, it looked like the visitors were heading for more negative headlines when Everton took the lead after 19 minutes.

Jordan Pickford's punt forward was flicked on by Dominic Calvert-Lewin before Bernard found the bottom corner with a crisp strike.

But within the space of 13 minutes, Solskjaer's team completed a turnaround.

They equalised five minutes after going behind when Fernandes ghosted into the box and headed past Pickford from Luke Shaw's cross for his fifth goal of the season.

Then after Lucas Digne had hit David de Gea's right post with a rising shot, United went ahead as Fernandes's lofted cross towards Marcus Rashford dropped into the bottom corner.

There were further chances for a much-improved United before Edinson Cavani scored his first goal for the club on the counter-attack in the final minute of added time.

The win sees United avoid their worst start to a top-flight season after seven games since 1989-90, and gives Solskjaer breathing space as the Premier League heads into the International break.

Victory for Everton would have taken them to the top of the table, but they struggled to break down United after their opener and were thankful to Pickford who returned to the side and made several saves.

A third successive defeat means they remain fifth in the table as United climb to 13th.

United offer perfect response to Solskjaer pressure

Everton 1-3 Man Utd: Solskjaer angry about kick-off time despite win

Pressure had mounted on Solskjaer after poor results and performances in two games over the past week.

But the Norwegian maintained that he would not "fall like a house of cards" and insisted he is the right man to take the club forward, despite former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino being linked with his job.

Once again, Solskjaer showed that when the pressure is on his team can produce a positive result, and it underlined his point that maybe the team is not in crisis but lacking consistency.

Having made four changes to the side that lost in Istanbul, Everton's opener did little to calm fears about the United defence, which conceded a shocking first goal on Wednesday from their own corner.

Everton took a route-one approach with Calvert-Lewin's flick leading to Bernard's shot which hit the post on its way in.

But with Victor Lindelof back in the side, and more protection from Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield, United were more solid in defence, and had the wizardry of Fernandes to get them back into the game.

The Portuguese likes Goodison Park, having scored here last season in a 1-1 draw, and his header was well-taken after he found space in the Everton box.

Shaw, who took advantage of James Rodriguez failing to track back, also helped in United's second by allowing Rashford to drift inside and support Fernandes for his sixth goal of the season.

Harry Maguire was much improved, but was involved in successive dramas around the hour mark when he had a penalty appeal turned down by the video assistant referee before taking out Digne with a hefty challenge despite getting the ball.

But Solskjaer, who could rightly point to further chances for Rashford, would have been relieved by Cavani's injury-time goal as Everton searched for an equaliser.

The Uruguayan swept in from Fernandes' pass to get off the mark and make it an almost perfect day for United and their under-fire manager.

The only concern was that Shaw and Rashford were both taken off because of injury.

Everton search for defensive answers as Pickford has mixed afternoon

Everton did not defend well - Ancelotti

Everton's early-season form, where they won their first five league games, has quickly unravelled and despite making six changes from the side which lost to Newcastle last weekend, Ancelotti will have been disappointed his side failed to avoid defeat once more.

With Pickford, Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Digne and Bernard back, there was an improvement from the hosts, who began the game brightly.

The goal was direct but effective, something which Everton's manager has called for.

But there will be questions about Everton's defending as they let Fernandes drift into the penalty area for the equaliser and how they then conceded again seven minutes later.

The visitors, like Southampton before them, took advantage of the weak spot down Everton's right hand side, where Rodriguez tends not to track back.

The Colombian, who returned from injury had a shot blocked but failed to impose his undoubted quality on the game, and the performance once again underlined the importance to the team of the suspended Richarlison.

Everton have never won a league game without the Brazilian in the side, following his arrival in 2018.

Pickford, who was told by Ancelotti to trust his instinct more in games, had a mixed afternoon.

He saved well from Rashford's effort, but also nearly contributed to what would have been a poor goal after 59 minutes when he dropped Juan Mata's free-kick before Maguire clipped it over the bar from close range.

In the end, it was not decisive, but if Everton have European hopes this season, their defence, Pickford included, is in need of improvement and they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in seven league games.

Jordan Pickford
Having been unbeaten in their first five Premier League games this season (W4 D1), Everton have now lost each of their last three

'This was a really difficult, bad period for us' - what they said

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to BBC Sport: "The kick-off time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it's an absolute shambles.

"We got back on Thursday morning at 4am, what is the problem with playing on Sunday? Look after the players, we already have too many injuries in the Premier League, not just my players but others too."

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti to BBC Sport: "We have to stabilise the defence, this is for sure, but it is not a problem individually - it is collective work and this is absolutely normal.

"It is fortunate that there is an international break This was a really difficult, bad period for us and I hope that is finished. I hope we can come back from the international break in the way we started this season."

The best of the stats

  • Manchester United are just the third team to win three consecutive Premier League away games after conceding the first goal, after Leeds United (October 1999) and Tottenham Hotspur (December 2013).
  • They have now won 17 Premier League away games at Goodison Park, the most victories for a visiting side at a specific venue in the competition.
  • It's the first time Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has lost three league games in a row since November 2006 with AC Milan.
  • Both sides scored with their first shots on target in this match, with Everton's goal in the 19th minute their only effort on target in the whole match.
  • Manchester United's first two goals in this match both had 15+ passes in the build-up, the first time the Red Devils have scored 2+ such goals in the same league match since November 2016 (vs Swansea).
  • Fernandes has had a hand in 15 Premier League goals in his 10 Premier League away matches (10 goals, 5 assists); it's the most goal involvements a player has had in their first 10 games on the road in the competition, while only Kevin Phillips scored as many (10).
  • He has now scored 18 goals in all competitions for Manchester United, with his equalising strike today his first headed goal for the club.
  • Cavani (33y 267d) became the oldest player to score his first Premier League goal since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in August 2016 (34y 316d).

What's next?

Everton travel to Fulham on Saturday, 21 November (15:00 GMT kick-off), while Manchester United host West Brom at Old Trafford on the same day, also at 15:00 GMT.

Player of the match

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes

with an average of 8.22

Everton

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernard
    Average rating

    5.33

  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    4.97

  3. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    4.84

  4. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    4.72

  5. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    4.68

  6. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    4.55

  7. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    4.48

  8. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    4.40

  9. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    4.34

  10. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    4.31

  11. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    3.99

  12. Squad number14Player nameTosun
    Average rating

    3.79

  13. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    3.63

Manchester United

  1. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    8.22

  2. Squad number7Player nameCavani
    Average rating

    6.98

  3. Squad number17Player nameFred
    Average rating

    6.84

  4. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
    Average rating

    6.61

  5. Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    6.50

  6. Squad number23Player nameShaw
    Average rating

    6.48

  7. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    6.42

  8. Squad number38Player nameTuanzebe
    Average rating

    6.30

  9. Squad number8Player nameMata
    Average rating

    6.21

  10. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
    Average rating

    6.18

  11. Squad number1Player namede Gea
    Average rating

    6.15

  12. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    6.10

  13. Squad number9Player nameMartial
    Average rating

    5.55

  14. Squad number6Player namePogba
    Average rating

    5.08

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Keane
  • 4HolgateBooked at 34mins
  • 12Digne
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 88mins
  • 6AllanBooked at 45mins
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forIwobiat 67'minutes
  • 19RodríguezSubstituted forTosunat 80'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 20Bernard

Substitutes

  • 13Mina
  • 14Tosun
  • 17Iwobi
  • 21André Gomes
  • 22Godfrey
  • 26Davies
  • 33Olsen

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawSubstituted forTuanzebeat 67'minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 17FredBooked at 83mins
  • 8MataSubstituted forPogbaat 82'minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 50mins
  • 10Rashford
  • 9MartialSubstituted forCavaniat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cavani
  • 21James
  • 26Henderson
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe
Referee:
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 1, Manchester United 3. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Iwobi with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Allan (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Digne (Everton).

  8. Post update

    Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Séamus Coleman.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Booking

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  13. Post update

    Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bernard (Everton).

  15. Post update

    Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).

  18. Booking

    Cenk Tosun (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Cenk Tosun (Everton).

  20. Post update

    Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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