Manchester United were left to a 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday as their impressive run of games appeared to grind to a halt.
Duncan Ferguson’s side were a lot of utterly confident players and kept up their resilience against a United who lapped up the lion’s share of possession and chances but were simply unable to convert them into goals.
In fact, the Toffees didn’t actually score on their own during the fixture and had to rely on Victor Lindelof’s own goal in order to take home their sole point.
The circumstances of the own-goal were an intriguing one wherein David De Gea appeared to have been fouled by an Everton player in the immediate build-up prior to Lindelof’s deflection.
In fact, Harry Maguire was quite vocal that the duel was in fact a foul and that the eventual goal ought to have been disallowed, stating (via Sky): “It was a clear foul. People will say David de Gea has to be stronger but it is a clear foul. He jumps in on him and David was impeded.”
Multiple fans also pointed out that such encounters were deemed to be fouls in the past and that technology like the VAR ought to have stepped in and made a difference in this scenario.
However, the rules clearly stated that only a clear and obvious error could be overruled and this wasn’t deemed to be one by the VAR.
Criticism hurled on De Gea also appeared to be unfair as the Spaniard was bombarded with Everton players.
However, this incident does not change the fact that United were below-par during the rest of the fixture and were often toothless in their attacking attempts.
While Mason Greenwood did redeem a point, in the end, many would feel that this was a game that could have been won with more intent.