Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previews Everton clash
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out following his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton today. The Red Devils went ahead through Anthony Martial. But they failed to take all three points, with Andros Townsend earning a point for Rafa Benitez’s side.
Manchester United went up against Everton today hoping to boost their chances of Premier League title glory after failing to beat Aston Villa last time out.
But that didn’t happen, with Solskjaer’s side failing to win for the fourth time from their last five matches.
Martial opened the scoring with a powerful strike after good work from Bruno Fernandes, notching his first goal of the campaign in the process.
Yet Townsend struck in the second half to secure a draw for the away side.
It was disappointing from United and Solskjaer, speaking after the game, gave his verdict on his team’s failure to emerge victorious.
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He honed in on the players involved for Everton’s leveller, insisting they should have done more to prevent Townsend from finding the net.
“When we conceded that counter-attack, we were in control, dominated the game, we conceded from a corner that we had, and there were still four players behind the ball and we should’ve dealt with it,” he said.
“That was the same case against Villareal.”
He also said: “Well part of it was really good, I thought we started with high energy, created some good openings and scored a fantastic goal coming into half-time 1-0 you’re pleased.
“Second half we lacked that cutting edge to get the second which is vital, from a corner that we had we concede five seconds later or whatever so that was the disappointing bit.
“We weren’t too open, we had enough players behind the ball but we didn’t deal with the ball, the tackles when we should have, good goal by them but when they counter from one side the goals going to happen from the other side so we just didn’t regroup and reorganise well enough.”
Bruno Fernandes, meanwhile, was also unhappy.
”We should win this game. We should create more chances,” he said.
“We should not concede that kind of goal. It’s not the first time and we have to look at our mistakes and see what we can do.
“We don’t look at the league table at this moment but of course we should have more points. We drop points at home and we should not do that.
“These last two games at home was not good enough in the Premier League. If we want silverware at the end of the season we have to do much better.”
Everton goalscorer Townsend mimicked Ronaldo’s ‘Siuuu’ celebration when scoring for the Toffees.
But he’s insisted he didn’t mean any offence, instead saying it was a ‘mark of respect’ towards the former Juventus and Real Madrid star.
“Not imitating, it’s just a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career,” he said.
“I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free-kicks and his stepovers and the way he dedicated himself to football.
“So it wasn’t an imitation it was a mark of respect to one of my idols.
“I probably didn’t do the celebration justice and didn’t execute it properly.”
Townsend also admitted the mood in the Everton dressing room afterwards was ‘difficult’ to describe.
“It’s a difficult one because on the one hand we’re delighted to come to Old Trafford and get a point with the injuries we had,” he said.
“But we’re a little disappointed not to take all three.
“I’m loving my football and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to play for Everton football club and to contribute and score goals.
“I’ve said many times in the past I should be scoring goals on a more consistent basis.
“For one reason or another I’ve never really done it over the course of the season. It’s been a good start but I’m capable of much more.”
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