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    Man Utd ratings: Defensive mayhem from Maguire and De Gea cancels out McTominay header in mad draw

    MANCHESTER UNITED fluffed their lines against Everton as a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal snagged a surprise 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.
    The Toffees barely got going on Saturday night and yet, at 2-0 down and without a shot to their name after 40 minutes, pulled back level by the 52nd minute.

    Manchester United were left stunned by Everton’s late equaliser on Saturday nightCredit: AFP

    Scott McTominay popped up to head home Luke Shaw’s ball in – only for hesitant defending to allow Calvert-Lewin to slip in for a 94th-minute equaliser.
    Here, SunSport’s Marc Mayo rates and slates the individual performances from a mad draw.
    David de Gea – 4
    Didn’t face a shot for over half an hour but pulled out a poor parry to allow Abdoulaye Doucoure to make it 2-1.
    Glued to the turf as Calvert-Lewin poached a point at the death.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5
    Kept a good enough lid on the dangerous Lucas Digne and was reasonably decent in attack himself.
    Struggled to hold United’s offside trap for balls over the top.
    Victor Lindelof – 4
    Gave a glimpse of a silly error when caught in possession for Everton’s first attempt on goal. Nowhere to be seen as the visitors snatched a point.

    Victor Lindelof was marking Dominic Calvert-Lewin ahead of the levellerCredit: Reuters

    Harry Maguire – 5
    You know it’s worrying when the opposition set up their entire game plan to make use of your foibles.

    Everton’s balls in behind finally caught out Maguire’s lack of pace for the first goal and he was busy waving his arm at the lino as Calvert-Lewin made it 3-3.
    Luke Shaw – 5
    Embodied his team’s disparate performance with a perfectly strong attacking display – and awful defensive showing.
    Almost scored with a 20-yard scorcher and set up McTominay’s goal, yet was caught flat-footed for the first reply and was far too casual for the second.
    Scott McTominay – 7
    Probably the only United player who looked assured at both ends.
    Did well to keep Everton in front of him in the first-half and scored what seemed to be a vital header for 3-2, although the keeper should have done better.

    Scott McTominay rose highest to head home what looked like the winnerCredit: Reuters
    Paul Pogba – 6
    On track for a decent performance as the deep-lying set-up guy having sat out the Southampton drubbing – but was forced off injured after 38 minutes.
    Mason Greenwood – 6
    Showed great energy and put together a number of good attacks down the right wing. Seems to be enjoying his football once again, which is great to see, but faded in the second-half.
    Bruno Fernandes – 7
    Lacked incision for much of the game but there was no lack of inspiration for his cracking finish from 20 yards for 2-0. 

    Bruno Fernandes launched a stunning strike for United’s second of the nightCredit: AP:Associated Press
    Marcus Rashford – 7
    Relatively quiet until he delivered a great cross for Cavani’s opener. Perhaps struggled to translate his dynamic runs into end product afterwards.
    Edinson Cavani – 8
    Netted a poacher’s finish to maintain his scoring run versus Everton and even popped up with a number of defensive interventions. With Cavani, United finally have a proper spearhead for the attack.

    Fred – 5
    On for Pogba, 38 mins. Took over the James Rodriguez marking job and looked pretty clueless for the Colombian’s goal.
    Axel Tuanzebe – N/A
    On for Greenwood, 90+2 mins. Gave away the free-kick that led to the late leveller.
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    Man Utd 3 Everton 3: Calvert-Lewin scores with last kick of the game to dent Red Devils’ title run in thriller

    DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN turned a night of tributes into one of tears as Everton snatched the most dramatic of draws.
    Calvert-Lewin jabbed a last-second leveller four minutes into stoppage time, to wreck United’s hopes of making the 63rd Munich memorial into a matchwinning one.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin was in the right place at the right time to fire home a late equaliserCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Everton came from behind twice in the game to tie things upCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun

    The Toffees striker prodded past David De Gea just as Scott McTominay seemed sure to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer victory on his 100th game as a Premier League manager.
    And how fitting that would have been for a home-grown hero to come up trumps on the evening they remembered Sir Matt Busby’s local stars so tragically lost this night in 1958.
    McTominay’s moment came 20 minutes from the end of a game that United tossed away right at the end.
    He rose among an Everton triumvirate of Mason Holgate, Calvert-Lewin and Ben Godfrey and back-headed Luke Shaw’s free-kick into the far corner.

    Cue roars of relief on the United bench, roars of frustration on the other one . . . and raw emotion from a goalscorer who has become a bedrock of the big games for Ole.
    And, of course, the oh-so-apt fact it was from the bonce of yet another boy who cut his teeth the youth ranks here.
    Mind you, McTominay was far from the only local product to shine last night.
    And the most memorable moment once again came from the right boot of Bruno Fernandes, whose thunderbolt for the 45th-minute second goal was a genuine jaw-dropper.


    Edinson Cavani found his range to put United 1-0 upCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Bruno Fernandes pinged home this beauty that made it 2-0Credit: AFP

    Home-grown Mason Greenwood put on a lively display that gave Lucas Digne dizzy spells.
    One early darting and dancing run ended with a cross which was just too high for Edinson Cavani. An ominous warning of what lay ahead for Everton — and one they didn’t heed.
    Twice this season Cavani had stuck one past them, so no great surprise, then, when he completed his long-range hat-trick last night with United’s first after 24 minutes.
    Marcus Rashford had all the space he wanted to take a look  and take aim, before picking out Cavani.
    The Uruguayan stepped beyond Michael Keane at the far post, and from six yards, keeper Robin Olsen did  not have a prayer.
    Suddenly Everton were a different team. And not in a positive way either.
    From standing toe to toe, they were second best just about everywhere. Clearances came straight back, while second balls fell to men in red.

    Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton hope to make it 2-1Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    James Rodriguez fired home to complete the comeback – for nowCredit: Reuters
    So, too, did the second goal on the stroke of half-time and what an absolute stunner it was, too.
    In all truth Fernandes was having one of his quieter performances to that point and most of United’s more creative moments had gone on around him.
    He hardly sprang into life the second Aaron Wan-Bissaka rolled a short ball to him a yard outside the box, either.
    Fernandes had a glance, and took on the shot almost after deciding there was no other more obvious option. He unleashed a blockbuster that flew past a stunned Olsen and into the top corner.
    Even the goalscorer looked amazed, given the way he stood rooted in celebration . . . or maybe that was his 2021 version of the famous Eric Cantona pose.

    Scott McTominay looked like he would be the matchwinner at Old TraffordCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    It was a brilliant header from United’s in-form midfielderCredit: Reuters
    When that one flew in, it looked game over. OK not in anything like the same manner as Wednesday’s 9-0 mauling of Southampton.
    But surely then it was only going to be how many, not who wins. Football, bloody hell, eh, as a certain footballing knight watching from the directors box may have thought.
    Actually Sir Alex Ferguson, like every other United fan, was probably cursing a heck of a lot more than that after three crazy second-half minutes which turned this game on its head.

    Ancelotti has some words for his late hero Calvert-LewinCredit: Reuters

    First De Gea flapped at Calvert-Lewin’s cross after the Toffees centre forward had shown up Harry Maguire for pace, or lack of it, and Abdoulaye Doucoure tapped in on 49 minutes.
    Then, three minutes later James Rodriguez pulled down Doucoure’s nod back and drilled home.
    No one was stopping McTominay from getting his head to Shaw’s delivery to put United back in front.
    Surely this time it was enough. Surely this time they could mark the night in the manner they so desperately wanted. Calvert-Lewin clearly didn’t read the script.
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    Watch Man Utd starlets Amad Diallo and Hannibal Mejbri’s incredible link-up play as youngsters terrorise Blackburn

    MANCHESTER UNITED youngsters Amad Diallo and Hannibal Mejbri’s incredible link-up play sent Red Devils fans wild online.
    The United Under-23s came out on top in a ten-goal thriller against Blackburn on Friday night.

    Amad Diallo shone for Manchester United’s youngsters against BlackburnCredit: MuTV

    He neatly linked up with French ace Hannibal Mejbri down the right-hand sideCredit: MuTV

    Mejbri back-heeled the ball back into Diallo’s pathCredit: MuTV

    Diallo, 18, played a starring role with a goal and THREE assists in the 6-4 win.
    United confirmed the Ivorian teenager’s £37million move from Atalanta last month – which had been agreed in the summer.
    And one particular piece of dazzling interplay left fans drooling at what they could expect to see in the senior side in years to come.
    Diallo and Mejbri flicked the ball to each other multiple times on the right wing with none of the Rovers defenders able to get close to the gifted pair.

    Diallo eventually drove into the box before the move broke down after he passed it on.
    One fan said: “Why not just take this squad to the Europa league and let the seniors focus on the league?? These boys are good enough.”
    Another added: “I have watched this like 270 times and I’m not stopping.”
    A third jubilant supporter tweeted: “I’m saving the video. I’ll watch it every night before I sleep.”


    Diallo gave fans a glimpse of why the Red Devils splashed the cash to recruit him at Leigh Sports Village.
    He inspired the youngsters to a remarkable comeback victory after going 4-2 down.
    New pro Shola Shoretire grabbed a hat-trick and promising forward Joe Hugill also found the net as well as Diallo’s partner-in-crime Mejbri on a superb night for United’s future stars.
    Mejbri, 18, was signed by United for £9m from Monaco as a 17-year-old and is a classy attacking midfielder from France who many believe will have a big future at Old Trafford.
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    Solskjaer urges Man Utd to do Munich victims proud with rousing performance against Everton on anniversary of disaster

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has called on Manchester United to honour those who perished in the Munich air disaster with a fitting performance against Everton.
    It is only the fourth time United have actually played on the anniversary of the tragedy that killed 23, including eight of the Busby Babes.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to see a rousing Manchester United performance on SaturdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Saturday’s game coincides with the anniversary of the Munich air disaster (Picture from 2018)Credit: AFP or licensors

    There will be a minute’s silence before the Old Trafford clash with both captains laying wreaths in memory of those who died and both sides will wear black armbands.
    United boss Solskjaer said: “It’s only the fourth time the game is played on the actual anniversary.
    “And it’s important we put on a fitting performance and hopefully we can honour them with the result.”
    Solskjaer says new players are always educated about the disaster and the importance of the anniversary each year.

    He said: “It’s such an important part of the history of our club and we have spoken to the players who come into the club, who’ve not been here, and are part of this anniversary.
    “It’s a big day for everyone and has always been an emotional one.
    “Hopefully we can put a team out that shows the Manchester United spirit.”
    They certainly did just that in the midweek with a thumping record equalling 9-0 Premier League win over Southampton.

    It left them on the heels of neighbours Manchester City, who lead the table, and put them back on track after dropping five points with a home defeat to Sheffield United and goalless draw at Arsenal.
    In the Premier League, United are top of the away form table with eight wins and three draws – but only fifth on home form having lost five times.
    Now Solskjaer wants to see his side build Old Trafford back into a fortress.
    He said: “Consistency of course is vital.
    “We’ve done really well away from home and bounced back after the Sheffield United defeat.
    “So we are ready to kick on and get some momentum. If we get the consistency and morale and confidence up, who knows?
    “It’s about doing the right things and creating good habits every day on the training pitch.”
    The game will be Solskjaer’s 100th as a Premier League manager, including his spell at Cardiff, and he admits he’s a very different coach now to the one that oversaw the Bluebirds’ relegation from in 2014.

    He said: “I’m a bit older and wiser hopefully, and a lot more grey up top, but I’ve really enjoyed it.
    “From when I was with Cardiff it is a different ball game. The players get better and better, fitter and fitter, it is more tactical.
    “I’ve enjoyed, not every game because you don’t enjoy defeats, but testing yourself against good coaches and managers.”
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    Harry Maguire reveals he was fined by Man Utd team-mate Nemanja Matic for using phone – despite being on fines committee

    HARRY MAGUIRE has revealed how he was hit in the pocket by Manchester United’s own disciplinarian – Nemanja Matic.
    The Red Devils captain is joined by the experienced Serbian midfielder on the players’ fines committee at Old Trafford.

    Harry Maguire and Nemanja Matic are on the Man Utd fines committeeCredit: Rex Features

    And fines chief Matic, 32, decided Maguire was guilty of using his phone in a no go area at the club’s Carrington HQ which led to a pay-out, something the centre-back still disputes.
    Maguire told the official Utd Podcast: “I’ve been fined once which is still debatable. It’s crazy but I let Nemanja do it. I took the hit and put the money in the pot.
    “When you meet in the gym before training for pre-activation you are not allowed your phone. We did pre-activation, I didn’t have my phone. 
    “But then you go outside to put your boots on and you aren’t allowed to go on your phone in that period. I had my phone and carried it out with me.

    “I wasn’t on my phone because straight after training I was going to put my trainers back on and go up for a massage instead of coming all the way back. 
    “I could have gone straight to a massage and Nemanja fined me for that. He’s strict with everyone so I’m happy. I can set the standard.”
    Maguire and Matic keep it simple when it comes to the fining system for their team-mates.
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    The England defender, 27, added: “We have lates for training, meetings and travel. They are the three big ones.
    “We mainly have one set fine but double on match day. I just like to keep it simple. If you have too many fines it ends up too messy.
    “We have a good fining list this year. I don’t know who is top of it. They have been good. Everyone has been on time, everyone comes early.”
     “That’s the aim and aspirations of joining this club.”

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    How unlikely combo of McTominay and Fred has got Man Utd ticking thanks to ruthless mentality and fear of losing place

    AT the start of the season it seemed an unlikely combination.
    An academy graduate and a £52million big money flop.

    Scott McTominay is enjoying his best form at Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Fred has formed a solid partnership with the Scottish midfielderCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But Scott McTominay and Fred have turned into the engine room that has got Manchester United’s red machine motoring again.
    They are the pair sat in front of the back four that manager Ole Solskjaer always turns to for big games, and in times of need.
    They needed a win on Tuesday night after a little wobble so the 24-year-old Scot and 27-year-old Brazilian were in.
    The pair give a life and energy to United that wears opponents down and has helped them to make the club’s first title tilt in eight years.

    McTominay said: “I don’t really know what makes us play well together.
    “But Fred is such a great player, I love playing with him and he is such a great guy as well.
    “He had a tough time in his first year, difficult moments here and there, but now you’re seeing a proper, proper player and a bit of Brazilian flair coming out now and again as well.”
    The pair’s form has added to the competition there is for midfield places at United right now.


    Paul Pogba looks revived and while he was on the bench in the 9-0 win on Tuesday that was the first time he had been left out the starting line-up since Boxing Day.
    Nemanja Matic is once again like a player with two titles under his belt from his time at Chelsea.
    Then there is Donny van de Beek waiting in the wings too. Good by all accounts, but you’ll have to check old Ajax tapes to be sure.
    McTominay said: “For us it’s about pushing each other and having that healthy competition.
    “There isn’t any bitterness between any of us in terms of who plays, but we’re all desperate for the shirt and if you’re not playing you’re not happy.
    “But that’s what you want, you want every player wanting to play every single game.

    If you have an off-day or you don’t turn up properly then it can be difficult to get back in.
    Scott McTominay

    “You have to be focused and dialled into doing your job.
    “If you’re not then you don’t know how many games you might miss because of the quality we’ve got in the squad.
    “If you have an off-day or you don’t turn up properly then it can be difficult to get back in.
    “That’s the winning mentality and the culture that the coaches have created and it’s definitely working.”
    While there was criticism about a lack of leaders in the United camp not long ago, McTominay like Bruno Fernandes, has emerged as a very vocal one, backing up captain Harry Maguire.
    On Tuesday night at Old Trafford you could even hear him telling goalscoring legend Edinson Cavani to be alert.
    He said: “You have to take responsibility for what you’re doing on the football pitch and if someone’s not doing it like myself, I’d expect to be told and I’d hold my hands up if I make a mistake, it’s part and parcel of football.”
    At that stage of the game he was no doubt still feeling the effects of that appalling challenge from Alex Jankewitz in the opening two minutes that left him with stud scrape marks down his thigh.

    Fred and McTominay have settled into the Old Trafford engine room nicelyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The pair have helped formulate United’s return to form this seasonCredit: Getty – Pool
    But McTominay is made from tough stuff, not only did he play on but joined the goalscorers in their 9-0 demolition of Southampton.
    Fans even noticed how when Daniel James scored the ninth and wheeled away in celebration, McTominay was berating him, telling him to get the ball out the net so they could restart and get a tenth.
    There is no let-up with him.
    McTominay said: “If you spoke to some of my friends in terms of how they would view me, they’d probably say I was ruthless.
    “When we were younger growing up I had that ruthless streak.”
    Solskjaer rewarded those leadership abilities in McTominay by giving him the captain’s armband for the first time for their FA Cup win at Watford.
    The player saw it as a challenge laid down by the manager and he passed the test by leading United to victory with the winning goal.
    McTominay said: “For the manager I presume every decision he makes with me and other players is a test.

    “It’s not just, ‘Oh I’ll give him the captaincy for no reason’ – it’s a test.
    “Everything in life is a test and you have to pass those tests.
    “It’s important to really show people that you can be an example at this football club and not let things go to your head.”
    McTominay is most certainly that example.
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    Luke Shaw’s stunning turnaround at Man Utd revealed as stats show he is now Premier League’s best attacking full-back

    LUKE SHAW has continued his Manchester United resurgence to top the Premier League’s attacking stats for defenders in 2021.
    Tuesday night saw the left-back snap up a pair of assists in the Red Devils’ 9-0 thumping of Southampton.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Edinson Cavani both scored from Shaw crosses, before the defender was taken off at half-time to rest.
    The performance emphasised his stunning improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    Signed in 2014 as the world’s most expensive teenager, the 24-year-old experienced a quiet life in Manchester and missed much of his second season due to injury.
    Jose Mourinho was certainly not a fan of his when in the Old Trafford dugout.

    Shaw started just 17 league games in the two full seasons the Portuguese coach led the side.
    But Solskjaer’s arrival saw him handed a regular role once more and he was voted United Players’ Player of the Year for a strong end to the 2018-19 season.

    Luke Shaw’s current form is a far cry from his downturn under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor
    And the defender may be dreaming of a European Championship call-up having boosted his attacking contribution in recent weeks.
    In his seven appearances since the turn of the year, Shaw has created an average 3.4 chances per 90 minutes.

    That tops Arsenal star Kieran Tierney (2.5), the in-form Joao Cancelo (1.9) and Andrew Robertson (1.8) over that period.
    It is also a big improvement on Shaw’s own stats in 2020, when he made 1.32 chances per 90 minutes.

    A big help has been the increase in crosses, from 1.77 to 5.55 per 90 minutes.
    Last month, Solskjaer revealed his thoughts on Shaw’s star turn.
    He told the club website: “Luke has immense quality. He has a very good technique, good quality.
    “You see against Liverpool, he takes the ball and drives forward, that is something that I have pushed him more to do because we know he can do it.

    “It is generally down to the boy himself, mentally he is very good at the moment, he has become a dad.
    “He is physically very good, his fitness is so much better and he keeps beating his high-intensity stats and his total distance stats. He has been consistently up there with what a full-back should be doing.
    “When you have the talent of Luke, when that fitness and the mental bit is sorted then you are always going to get good performances.”
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    Man Utd fans left baffled along with Southampton rivals after Che Adams given offside by VAR… and nobody knows why

    FANS were left baffled by the latest Premier League goal ruled out by a curious VAR decision – this time in Southampton’s trip to Manchester United.
    The Red Devils’ 9-0 romp on Tuesday night meant there was little arguing over the result, with fans agreeing on one incident in particular.

    The VAR lines drawn on Che Adams baffled viewersCredit: Sky Sports

    With United four goals ahead, Che Adams was played in by a neat free-kick routine that saw the striker hit the back of the net.
    However, VAR took a closer look and decided he was offside by the tightest of margins.
    From the broadcast camera angle, the decision appeared to be questionable to say the least with only Adams’ knee or the top of his arm potentially tickling the offside trap.
    Alas the goal was chalked off, leaving viewers bemused.

    It was far from the first time Saints have been hard done by from a VAR call after Matty Cash escaped giving away a penalty with a handball in last week’s defeat to Aston Villa.
    A late Danny Ings equaliser in that game was also chalked off by another tight offside decision.
    During the United game, Southampton fan Luke wrote online: “The club needs to escalate this to whoever necessary. Three disgusting VAR decisions in two games.
    “It’s costing teams points and positions in the league which could be the difference between millions of £s in prize money and for some maybe even relegation. Absolute farce.”

    Richard remarked: “Guys they are 4-0 against 10 men, you don’t need to give them Man United VAR bias again.”
    Adam added: “To have this goal chalked off is a joke, which part of Che is offside?! Maybe his fingertips? Which is madness, you can’t score with your hand anyway! Jokers! Absolute jokers.”
    Even United fans, perhaps comforted by their side’s huge lead, agreed and thought the Adams call was harsh.
    Twitter user Josh commented: “United fan. Onside. Southampton been absolutely robbed today and against Villa.”
    And fellow Red Devil Luka tweeted: “I’m a United fan but that is ridiculous. Never in a million years is he offside.”
    Southampton were also aggrieved when Jan Bednarek was sent off for felling Anthony Martial in the box, for the penalty that made it 7-0.


    Che Adams fired home but was called back for offsideCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

    Southampton were also upset by Jan Bednarek’s second-half red cardCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    The Polish defender claimed even his opponent felt it was not a foul after being given his marching orders.
    Premier League officials have been forced to explain that Mike Dean’s pitchside monitor did not freeze during his check.
    Southampton have appealed the sending off but are not expected to request a second look on the early dismissal of debutant Alex Jankewitz.
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