Ronald Koeman: What I really think about Everton's draw at Manchester United

Manchester United may have only collected another point from the home draw with Everton but Michael Carrick insists the Reds will not give up on a top-four place.

Days on from Saturday's stalemate against West Brom, United appeared set to draw another frustrating blank at Old Trafford after Phil Jagielka put the visitors in front midway through the first half.

Jose Mourinho's side, whose form has been so underwhelming recently at their "Theatre of Dreams", were facing the end of their 19-match unbeaten streak in the league as luck had earlier deserted them.

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. We've had lots of ultra-defensive teams coming here, but we need to score goals.

One man who has no trouble finding the net in United colours in Ibrahimovic, whose penalty was his 27th of the season in all competitions.

The LA Galaxy have been linked with a move for Ibrahimovic, who claimed before the Everton match that "the Premier League is begging me to stay".

And Mourinho was left frustrated, despite Ibrahimovic's late intervention, with United languishing four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with nine games to play.

"It is not a surprise for me... the second year after the first one. Okay, if you can't win then don't lose".

Ibrahimovic also thought he had scored, adding: "I thought it was goal because I came from the right side of the defender when he played back and I thought it was a goal".

"It is a hard one for the linesman, I am not critical of him at all, I just say when the VAR comes it will help everyone, especially them". To make it better. Mourinho conceded the left-back had improved the team when he came on as a substitute, though still proceeded to be highly critical.

Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman, Ibrahimovic's former manager at Ajax, was proud of the "really good job" Everton did on a night when they were pegged back at the last.

"Our defending was terrific", Koeman said. Everton did so with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, but while United have the pace of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to attack on the counter, they rarely do so. But it isn't a team that is from the start pressing, pressing, pressing. "United play a different system to Liverpool".

Mourinho confirmed 19-year-old forward Rashford, who has not scored a league goal since September, was one of those having trouble on the confidence front, but described him as "phenomenal.an unbelievable professional" and stressed "the only thing he deserves is support".

Many of United's recent setbacks have stemmed from its failure to turn possession and clear-cut chances into goals, but this wasn't one of those occasions.

  • Julie Sanders