Report: Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial score to see Manchester United beat Everton; a late penalty was followed by an uncomfortable onslaught at the Theatre of Dreams


Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial won a penalty in the 27th minute, with Paul Pogba stepping up with his stuttered effort, which was saved. However, the Frenchman scored from the rebound. Martial put United 2-0 up with a sublime effort in the 49th minute with his side cruising. However, a penalty was given after a Chris Smalling foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the Iceland international scoring from the spot.

Jose Mourinho made one change to the team which were beaten by Juventus during the week. Romelu Lukaku was dropped and Fred found his way back into the team. The match began after a minute’s silence, for remembrance day, this being the last home match before the day which marks 100 years since the end of the first world war. United started well with Anthony Martial in the left-hand side of the box, holding up the ball for Paul Pogba, who fired poorly towards goal.

Everton had a chance to take an early advantage after some good movement form Bernard, who crossed the ball into the box towards Richarlison. The Brazilian went down in the box after light contact with Luke Shaw. Everton were then searching for a penalty, which was waved away by Jon Moss. Everton then had an opportunity from a cross by Gylfi Sigurdsson, after a through-ball from Theo Walcott. The move was thwarted by Ashley Young though.

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In the 14th minute, United were back seeking to get stuck in after a quiet spell with Pogba playing a great ball over to Martial on the left. Martial then passed back to Pogba, who found Marcus Rashford in the area. The ball was stopped by Rashford, who found it difficult to do anything with it. A minute later, Everton has a chance through Andre Gomes after Sigurdsson delivered a corner, which ended up the hands of David De Gea.

United forced a save from Jordan Pickford after a well-delivered free-kick from Young. United kept the ball in play with Martial, who delivered a superb cross from the left, getting the better of Seamus Coleman. Juan Mata was unmarked in the middle of the box, heading in the direction of the goal. The ball ended up in the hands of Pickford though. Chris Smalling was booked after fouling Richarlison in the twentieth minute of the match, which was followed by Idrissa Gueye being booked a minute later.

Pickford made another save in the 23rd minute of the match after Martial fired in a thunderous curled effort, which was on target with the England number one making a leap to make the save to deny the Frenchman. United won a penalty after Gueye, five minutes after being booked hauled down Martial in the box. Pogba took the penalty, took an elongated stuttering run-up, which was saved by Pickford but Pogba buried the rebound. United were leading 1-0.

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In the 31st minute, United had the ball in the back of the net against, through Rashford, with the play started by Pogba’s pass to Martial on the left, the Frenchman running into the box with plenty of space, then trying to pass back to Pogba, the shot was denied by Pickford but Rashford was they to take the rebound. The linesman flagged for offside and United were denied their second goal. Everton created something in the 33rd minute, through Walcott, but none of his teammates could find an equaliser.

United were starting to look in charge of the game in the 35th minute with Everton barely getting out of their half after conceding the opening goal of the game. Fred had a shot on goal, which just skimmed past the post, which would be seen as relief to Pickford and his teammates. At the other end of the pitch, Sigurdsson latched onto a Coleman cross, heading in the direction of goal, only for the ball to head straight into the hands of De Gea.

Pogba has been involved in 30 goals for United under Jose Mourinho, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists, which is impressive, although the player is capable of much more than this. With two minutes before half-time, Walcott had a half effort with De Gea getting down low to make the same. There were two minutes of added time played at the end of the half, with Everton adventuring into United’s half, threatening goal inside the first minute, which was put out, by De Gea, for a corner. The half ended 1-0 to United.

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There were no changes for either team at the start of the second half. Everton had the first chance of the second half, from Richarlison after Gueye tapped a poor Pogba pass into the path of the forward. The effort was thwarted by De Gea. United scored their second goal in the 49th minute after Martial scored a fine curling effort. Pogba collected the ball, with the home fans suggesting that the Frenchman shot on goal, however, he picked out Martial in his left, who doubled the lead.

Everton were almost back in the game after Sigurdsson found Richarlison in the middle of the pitch, who then slipped the ball into Bernard. The Brazilian ran into the box, De Gea was off his line to cut down the angle with Bernard rounding him, with a seemingly open goal between him and getting a goal back. The Everton forward hit the side netting, instead of the back of the goal. Embarrassing. United forced another save out of Pickford in the 54th minute, through Rashford, after Mata’s work on the ball.

Another save was made by the Everton and England shot-stopper in the 57th minute, this time from Pogba, who was picked out by Mata with the Frenchman taking a touch before unleashing his shot. United won a corner from the save, which came to nothing. Martial seemed to be in brilliant form today, scoring his fourth goal in four matches, which could hopefully see him return to form, which will be frightening for United’s opposition.

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Everton made their first change in the 62nd minute with Bernard being replaced by Ademola Lookman. United then made their first change minutes later with Romelu Lukaku replacing Rashford. Just before the change, United won a free-kick, which came to nothing. In the 66th minute, Everton had a header, through Gomes, after Coleman delivered the ball into the box. De Gea collected but the header did not look to be much of a danger as it seemed off target.

United had a great change with just under twenty minutes to play. Lukaku played the ball to Martial, who sped down the left before squaring to Fred. The Brazilian tried to shoot but the ball came off an Everton player, going behind for a corner. The corner came to nothing. Everton, however, had a chance of their own after Coleman latched onto a pass, then tried his luck. The close-range effort fired over the face of the goal with De Gea leaping.

Everton won a penalty of their own after Pogba was showboating in midfield, lost the ball and Smalling slid to dispossess his man, giving away a chance for Everton to get back into the game. Sigurdsson took the penalty, missing one already this season, having no trouble to slide one past De Gea. Everton were back in the game. Marco Silva made a double change immediately after the penalty with Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin replacing Walcott and Gueye.

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Smalling was seemingly injured after the penalty, went off the pitch with Marcos Rojo readying himself. After seconds on the sideline, Smalling was ready to continue. United had a chance in the 82nd minute after Pogba crossed into Lukaku, who was unable to get there in time to cause problems for Pickford. Everton had all to play for at the end of this match, even with United leading. A late equaliser for Chelsea in the last league outing could haunt United in this game.

Mourinho made his second change with Ander Herrera replacing Mata in the 85th minute. It was going to be a nervy final few minutes for United as they looked to avoid another conceded goal, which happened in added time against Chelsea last weekend. Gary Neville awarded Martial the Man of the Match award for this game, which was deserved as the Frenchman scored a stunning goal and seemed to be back to his best from the very start of the match.

There were six added minutes at the end of the second half, which seemed like Stamford Bridge all over again. Everton were pressing United in their half with Gomes bending the ball into the box with De Gea rising to make the catch, sending United forward, only for Everton to take possession once again. Martial could have settled the tie for United in the fourth minute of added time, through on goal and onside, running towards Pickford with the England number one cutting out the shot but giving a corner.

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Mourinho made his final change with Fred being replaced by Jesse Lingard, returning from injury after sitting out the last five matches. The miss from Martial could be something United might regret with Everton pressing further in United’s half. They win a corner, which should be the last kick of the game. Pickford was in the box for the corner, United got the touch in the box and Everton ended with a shot, which is still rising now.

United will now focus on the visit to Bournemouth on Saturday, a 12:30 GMT kick-off at the Vitality Stadium, which will be shown live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. Five days of preparation for the team and the manager and a win at home, another against Everton, which sees the club undefeated against the Merseyside team in their last eight matches, six victories and two draws. Mourinho suggested before the match that the team were on the rise, they are now eighth.

Goals: Paul Pogba 27′, Anthony Martial 49′; Gylfi Sigurdsson 77′ penalty

Assists: Paul Pogba 49′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Fred (Lingard 90+5′), Matic, Pogba; Mata (Herrera 85′), Rashford (Lukaku 65′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 20′, Nemanja Matic 39′; Idrissa Gueye 21′

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