Manchester United returned to winning ways on Sunday as they secured a close 2-1 Premier League triumph over Everton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils had come into the game with just one victory coming off their previous seven matches but they managed to cease the streak with a strong showing before the hour mark of the contest. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial bagged the goals for United in the first and second half respectively while Gylfi Sigurdsson acquired the sole consolation for the Toffees with a spot kick 13 minutes from time.
Two things we learned:
Manchester United’s poor defensive record: Over the years, Jose Mourinho’s teams have been renowned to keep a strong defensive record but that has certainly not happened this term where United have leaked goals from the off. Since the campaign started, the Red Devils have conceded 17 goals in the league alone and this has largely culminated from the poor positioning of the defenders as well as the lack of awareness from players in front of the backline. The same happened versus Everton where Paul Pogba was found showboating rather than clearing the ball and this produced a tense finish with Chris Smalling thereafter conceding a penalty which the Toffees converted.
Anthony Martial continues his bright form: Anthony Martial has been flying high since bagging his first league goal of the season against Newcastle United earlier in the month. He has since firmed his position on the left wing and he has added three more goals to his tally against Chelsea and Everton. With the current vein of form, Martial is surely undroppable when it comes to the league duties in the forthcoming matches but he may still need to improve on the finishing. Towards the end of the Everton game, Martial had the opportunity to bag his brace to put the result to bed, but the Frenchman was guilty of missing an easy one-on-one versus Jordan Pickford where he should have converted at the first sight of goal rather than trying to outsmart the shot-stopper.
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