The teenager did it again! Mason Greenwood
United substitute, Mason Greenwood scored a 77th-minute equalizer. He denied Duncan Ferguson a second successive win as Everton’s interim manager.
Victor Lindelöf turned Leighton Baines’ first-half corner into his own goal. VAR ruled David de Gea had not been impeded by Dominic Calvert-Lewin as they jumped at the near post.
It was fitting that Greenwood should come off the bench to rescue a point. The 18-year-old gave a fine shot from the edge of the area.
It has been an excellent few days for Greenwood who rescued United on this occasion three days after scoring twice in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar.
Solskjaer spent a chunk of his press conference on Thursday talking about the striker. The praise was justified as the teenager scored in a league game at Old Trafford for the first time.
Solskjaer continued on the same vein after Greenwood’s performance against Everton.
“You wanted the ball to drop to Mason because he is so calm and composed. When he gets chances, he takes them.”
“It is just so natural for him. He knows what to do. If you open or get close, he bends it round you. Too many chances are missed in general or strikers rush the finish. But the best have that extra half-second and he does.”
Everton’s fans were delighted at the end though. They sang Ferguson’s name in tribute to Scot’s impact since replacing the dismissed Marco Silva.
Despite the cold and rain, Ferguson spent the game in a shirt and a tie and long after the whistle, he went over to acknowledge the visiting fans.
The result means United has collected 25 points from their 17 games. That is one fewer than they had at the same point last season when Mourinho was sacked.
United’s creative gap
There are plenty of talks on Solskjaer’s visit to Austria to see Erling Haaland on Friday in the build-up to the game.
Haaland is of interest to United. Asked about his visit to Austria and the speculation over Haaland, Solskjaer said, “he knows what he wants to do and what he is going to do.”
However, in United, it’s a lack of creativity in midfield that needs addressing.
The Red Devils have managed to amass 14 points from six games against the remainder of England’s “big six.” The club has only registered 11 from their other 12 matches against teams less likely to attack them and leave spaces for the counter.
Pogba is the most creative player Solskjaer has. But the Frenchman has featured just twice since August and not at all since the draw against Arsenal on 30th September.
Pogba is due to training again this week after ankle surgery amid speculations about a move away from Old Trafford next summer.