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13 Quickfire Conclusions As Martial & Pogba Shine In Victory Over Everton

Manchester United defeated Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial either side of half-time. 

The home side dominated much of the early proceedings and opened the scoring when Everton’s Idrissa Gueye brought down Anthony Martial in the box, which led to Paul Pogba beating Jordan Pickford at the second attempt.

United then doubled their lead thanks to a fine strike from Anthony Martial who was one of Mourinho’s side’s standout players at Old Trafford.

Despite United looking in control, Everton managed to grab a goal back thanks to a penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson following Chris Smalling’s foolish lunge on Richarlison in the Manchester United box.

Mourinho’s side hung on however to take all three points.

Let’s take a look at 13 quickfire conclusions as Manchester United defeat Everton by 2-1


1) Anthony Martial is one of Manchester United’s best-attacking assets and Mourinho should be doing his utmost to ensure that he stays at the club for the foreseeable future. His fantastic goal and overall performance proved that today.

2) When Paul Pogba plays like he did against Everton, especially in the first half, he is one of the most dominant midfielders in the league. He absolutely ran Marco Silva’s men ragged.

3) Pogba’s penalty run-up continues to be strange but probably didn’t deserve the outrageous reaction it received.

4) The World Cup winner, however, must cut the complacency out of his game that he showed in giving away possession which led to Everton winning their penalty.

5) Everton have the bones of a very good side and possess some excellent players but look as though they are far off the league’s big hitters.

6) Seamus Coleman had a very tough first half up against an in-form Anthony Martial but wasn’t helped at all by Theo Walcott on his right-hand side.

7) Speaking of Walcott he had a poor game on the wing for Everton, whose attacking options all have the ability to bring real quality but the majority of which failed to show it at Old Trafford.

8) Victor Lindelof continued his good run of form with another solid display at the heart of the Manchester United defence.

9) His centre-half partner Chris Smalling, however, was poor, and his decision to challenge Richarlison for the penalty was a very very foolish one.

10) Dropping Romelu Lukaku was a smart decision from Jose Mourinho. The Belgian needed the break and Mourinho’s decision to put him on when his side were already 2-0 up was wise. 

11) Mourinho will not be happy though with the way in which his side allowed Everton back into a game in which they looked to be in complete control of before Sigurdsson’s penalty.

12) Despite his flying start to the season, Everton’s Richarlison looked out of his depth at Old Trafford and struggled in the number nine role.

13) Jordan Pickford had an excellent game in the Everton goal and continues to prove that he is one of Marco Silva’s most valuable assets

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]