Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford on another disappointing day in the Premier League.
United took the lead via Anthony Martial on 42 minutes,
but Andros Townsend equalized just after the hour mark.
Both teams had to settle for a draw as Yerry Mina’s late attempt was ruled out for offside.
The defeat adds to the strain on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,
he has just one point in his last six games and hasn’t kept a clean sheet in his last nine league games, their worst defensive run in 50 years.
On Townsend’s equalizer, Solskjaer remarked, “We should have dealt with the situation better.”
“I felt we began brilliantly, with great energy, excellent opportunities, and a beautiful goal,
but in the second half, we lacked the cutting edge to get the second, which is crucial in a game like this.”
Solskjaer surprised many by sending Cristiano Ronaldo,
and Paul Pogba to the bench before the game, with Martial starting despite a meager return of two goals in his previous 24 outings for the club.
Everton, however, was missing Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison due to injury,
while Alex Iwobi failed a late fitness test for Rafael Benitez’s side.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored a 95th-minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League, his fifth goal in five games since his comeback.
But he was a high-profile absence, to begin with, as Solskjaer rotated his team after complaints about match scheduling following the club’s European successes.