Report: Late Zlatan penalty earns a draw for United against Everton

Manchester United stopped Everton from taking all three points with a last-minute penalty by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to earn a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League. It should have been a victory for United, though, with the Swede’s goal in the 71st minute being disallowed due to him being offside. Looking at the reply, he was onside, so yet another error by an official has cost a victory this season, not only for United but many of the Premier League teams. The officiating this season is a shambles, but week after week, nothing seems to change. The Football Association and PGMOL need to start taking notes and making changes.

Jose Mourinho made three changes from the side which drew with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all returning to the starting lineup replacing Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Anthony Martial, the latter two being on the bench this evening. United started well with a chance coming inside the first four minutes through Rashford, which won a corner for United – that amounted to nothing. Moments later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a chance to score, but the play was broken down by Ashley Williams with a block. Promising signs, but more to be done to break the deadlock.

Jesse Lingard saw his speculative effort from 25-yards drift wide inside the twelfth minute of the match. United had been playing well, seeing more of the ball in the Everton area. Everton then went in to a spell where they advanced into the United half of the pitch, threatened, but nothing convincing. Rashford got through on goal, although he was offside, seeing his shot deflected by Joel Robles.In the 21st minute of the match, Kevin Mirallas was found in space, shooting goalward from a difficult angle, with David De Gea getting a touch for an Everton corner, which Phil Jagielka scored with a decent strike with his back to the goal. 1-0 to Everton.

Just before the half-hour mark, Lingard was manhandled by Mirallas which resulted in a free-kick being awarded to United. Daley Blind took the kick, forcing a save from Robles, with Herrera coming in for the rebound, hitting the crossbar from a tight angle. The chances have been there for United so far, but they still trail 1-0 from that surprise Jagielka goal. Everton could have capitalised once again in the 36th minute with Romelu Lukaku on the advance, deciding to go alone and try to double their lead, leaving an advancing Mirallas in the cold. Lukaku’s shot struck Tom Davies, who was adjudged to be offside. Attack over for Everton.

Heading into the final five minutes of the half, Herrera saw another chance not fall in United’s favour with his strike being denied by the fingertips of Robles once again. Everton immediately went on the attack through Mirallas, which was thwarted, luckily for United, who had been caught sleeping a few times in the first half of the match. The first half ended with United still trailing with a lot to do. Many won’t see the positives in the first half as they just want to remain negative all the time. The United fan base is turning into the Arsenal fan base they have mocked for years, just not seeing what they have become.

United started the second half with an attack, but not fluid enough on the attack, or able to capitalise on it. Everton then recovered the ball, went on their own attack, which did not come to fruition. Daley Blind was replaced by Paul Pogba at the start of the half, a different kind of substitution, but one which would allow the extra man going forward, and probably a temporary change with other players coming on later in the half. United found another chance to get something from the match, this time with Paul Pogba heading against the crossbar, the second time United have struck the woodwork tonight – bad luck.

Ashley Young was booked just before the hour after Mirallas decided to play a drop ball, instead of giving it back to United, then Young clattering into him, putting him on the floor, which was not as bad as the challenge on Lingard earlier in the match, which saw only a free-kick given, no booking for Mirallas. In the 63rd minute of the match, after Fellaini could have equalised for United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was being given his orders ahead of his introduction in the match. United were on the attack again, trying desperately to get something from the match, but it just was not going their way. Michael Carrick made his way for the Armenian in the 65th minute.

Luke Shaw made his return from exile in the 65th minute, replacing Young, who seemed to be carrying a knock. Almost instantly Shaw was on the attack for United, which again did not come off for the home side. United had now been reshuffled, it was time to go out and get something from this match. United scored through Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 71st minute of the match, but Scott Ledger, the linesman ruled him as offside, which was the case, fractionally so. United went immediately on the attack again, Fellaini could have scored again, but it was not to be. Shaw has done well for United from his introduction, cutting out a goalward shot off the line.

United were doing all they could to find an equaliser, after being robbed by the officials once again, but nothing was going their way. Jesse Lingard was the latest to fire a shot in, only for it to be blocked by Gareth Barry. Everton have seemingly done a smash and grab at Old Trafford, dropping back deep to retain their lead, which is something Tony Pulis might learn from – he just defends a draw in the same manner. With a few minutes of normal time remaining, Rashford saw his goalbound effort blocked, with Everton going on the attack again, being dispossessed and United getting back into their stream of attacking.

United were giving Everton a game, but it was one of those nights, again, for United. Zlatan had a chance to get an equaliser, but his effort was fired over the crossbar. It was a late affair for United, who were awarded a penalty after Ashley Williams denied Luke Shaw from scoring, blocking the ball with his hand. Williams was sent off and Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired the penalty into the back of the net, in what should have been the winner for United. It was another draw at Old Trafford, the seventh 1-1 draw at home this season. United may not have got the result they needed, but it was an avoidance of their fourth defeat in the league this season. Sunderland next!

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 90+4 penalty

Manchester United: De Gea; Young (Shaw 65), Bailly, Rojo; Blind (Pogba 46′); Herrera, Carrick (Mkhitaryan 65′), Fellaini; Lingard, Ibrahimovic, Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Darmian, Fosu-Mensah; Martial

Bookings: Ashley Young 57′

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