Match ends, Manchester United 1, Everton 1.
Andros Townsend's second-half equaliser earned Everton a deserved point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Rafael Benitez's men were unlucky to fall behind just before the break as Anthony Martial scored for the first time since February.
But Demarai Gray escaped the attentions of Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Everton countered from a United corner, setting up the attack which ended with Townsend driving a low shot into the corner from Abdoulaye Doucoure's lay-off.
Townsend celebrated in Cristiano Ronaldo-esque fashion. It was more than the man himself managed. Left on the bench after his injury-time winner against Villarreal on Wednesday, Ronaldo came on in the 57th minute but had minimal impact either before or after the equaliser.
Everton thought they had a winner four minutes from time but VAR intervened to rule Yerry Mina's tap-in out for offside.
Unconvincing Man Utd
Even at half-time, with United top of the 'in-play' table, there remained so many questions to be asked of Solskjaer and his team.
More should be known in the weeks following the upcoming international break.
Home fixtures with Liverpool and Manchester City, plus tricky trips to Leicester and Tottenham will, at the very least, give an indication about United's ability to challenge for the title deep into the season, something they looked like doing last term, only to fade badly in January just as Pep Guardiola's squad were surging clear.
For the opening 10 minutes against Everton, they retained the speed and fluidity so often lacking. And then it drifted away.
By the time Martial broke the deadlock, it was the visitors who were carrying the greater goal threat. Salomon Rondon and Abdoulaye Doucoure had shots blocked and David de Gea produced a superb one-handed save to deny the excellent Gray.
That opportunity was created when what should have been a straightforward pass to Edinson Cavani from Fernandes went straight to Lucas Digne.
Cavani did bring a good save out of Jordan Pickford with a downward header when the game was still goalless and Jadon Sancho might have done better with a late opportunity that he drove straight at his England team-mate. But even with Paul Pogba introduced from the bench as well, it was all a bit haphazard from the hosts and never looked like bringing greater reward.
After his appointment as manager triggered so much controversy amongst the Goodison Park faithful, Rafael Benitez has quietly gone about constructing a very impressive team.
The flakiness of James Rodriguez has been replaced by a durability that will not be swept aside quite so easily.
Even without the injured Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Toffeemen were an effective unit, did not panic when United had the early momentum and took their time to grow into the game.
And, given United have not kept a clean sheet at Old Trafford in the Premier League since March, they must have known opportunities would come their way.
Gray in particular was outstanding, although it could be argued more streetwise players than Fred and Wan-Bissaka would have prevented him getting out of the situation from where the goal came, either through fair means or foul.
And while Mina was certainly offside, Tom Davies had enough clear space in front of him to go for goal himself as Everton came close to a win.
Manchester United's next Premier League game is at Leicester on Saturday, 16 October (15:00 BST). Everton are next in action against West Ham on Sunday, 17 October (14:00).
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- 1de Gea
- 17FredSubstituted forPogbaat 70'minutes
- 11GreenwoodBooked at 34mins
- 18Bruno Fernandes
- 9MartialSubstituted forSanchoat 57'minutes
- 21CavaniSubstituted forCristiano Ronaldoat 57'minutes
- 7Cristiano Ronaldo
- 34van de Beek
- 16DoucouréBooked at 76mins
- 24GordonSubstituted forDaviesat 72'minutes
- 11GraySubstituted forDobbinat 90+2'minutes
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Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Everton 1.
Offside, Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.
Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Yerry Mina (Everton).
Substitution, Everton. Lewis Dobbin replaces Demarai Gray.
Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Salomón Rondón (Everton).
Attempt saved. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).
Yerry Mina (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
VAR Decision: No Goal Manchester United 1-1 Everton.
Offside, Everton. Tom Davies tries a through ball, but Yerry Mina is caught offside.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
Attempt blocked. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Demarai Gray.
Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Allan.
Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.
Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a cross.
Offside, Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Mason Greenwood is caught offside.
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