Having overcome Manchester City and Tottenham in their last two matches, it would be the most typical Manchester United thing to then fail to beat Everton at home, right?
Duncan Ferguson seemingly turned his side’s fortunes around with the win over Chelsea, with Everton looking a totally different machine to the one that was constantly faulty and needing repeated maintenance when he masterminded victory over Frank Lampard’s side.
So, what was going to happen at a rainy Old Trafford on Sunday?
Starting off with plenty of the ball and bombing down the left hand side, United were struggling to carve open a resilient Everton side. One player in particular came under strong criticism from the United fans, failing to make an, well, decent impact.
It’s surely time to bring Williams back in to the XI. Shaw awful again.
— Fan of an ex-great club. (@JaydnMUFC) December 15, 2019
Take Luke Shaw off he is awful. Sell him in January. He offers nothing.
— Sharad (@G8SHB) December 15, 2019
It was the visitors who began growing into the game, peppering the United goal and pushing themselves further up the pitch in search of the opener.
That goal eventually came, via the shins of Victor Lindelof.
It was desperately unlucky, but Everton fans didn’t care tuppence.
GOAL! It’s 1-0 to the Toffees as Baines’ corner is inadvertently put into his own net by Lindelof. We’ll take that – get in!
— Everton (@Everton) December 15, 2019
But what’s this?
A review ongoing…
Ah, you see, Dominic Calvert-Lewin definitely fouled David de Gea there. I mean, his hand was on his face. It’ll get disallowed…
But it didn’t. Cue rage.
Was a foul. VAR sucks. Should be 0-0. Weak from DDG. United been shit. Roll on second half.
— Rollo Tomasi (@RolloTomaszn) December 15, 2019
Poor half by United.. VAR is fucked though how is an arm across any players face “normal contact” #MUFC
— Tom Davies (@t_davies92) December 15, 2019
Nevertheless the goal stood, and Everton went into the break in front.
Could United fight back?
Shocking second half so far. No urgency whatsoever. Come on United fs
— TheBusbyWay (@TheBusbyWay2) December 15, 2019
Fans were calling for change to inject some kind of spark into the performance, with little bite in attack offering next to nothing in the way of trouble to the Everton defence.
One man’s name kept cropping up…
Bring on Greenwood. Good enough is old enough!.
— KingMax (@Haboye_Cassano) December 15, 2019
They did and, you betcha, he bagged the equaliser.
Drilling a low effort through the legs of Yerry Mina, he brought Old Trafford to life in what was a mostly uninspiring second-half showing from United.
Hoping for a grandstand finish, nothing as such transpired.
Everton look a different team since Duncan Ferguson taking charge, with the fight and desire the Toffees players showing in total contrast to the abject outings they produced under Marco Silva.
A draw probably was a fair result, especially considering the controversial opener, but it still remains an excellent result for the Toffees while an equally a disappointing one for the Red Devils.
Same result, different outlooks.
Big Duncan Ferguson, what a man! so refreshing to see so much passion, pure love for the game, would love to see him get the role on a permanent basis, he would do it for free as well, thats the difference! Lads would play for the jersey under him thats for sure!
— Delta Gas Plumbing and Heating Ltd (@MarkConnet) December 15, 2019
Very frustrating performance from United. AGAIN
— Kelvin M (@Kelvrkid81) December 15, 2019
Typical United. 100% knew we wouldn’t win after Chelsea lost yesterday.
— Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) December 15, 2019
I think I’ve watched this game about 1,382 times before
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) December 15, 2019
Manchester United: The most frustrating football team in the world
— Unpopular Opinion (@WillCatlingShit) December 15, 2019
Typical Manchester United.
Can’t trust these set of players. Play well when it’s convenient but crumble when consistency is required.
This team is so average.
— patty. (@patson__m) December 15, 2019
Inconsistent United strike again, while resurgent Everton march on.
Another day in the Premier League.