Manchester Utd toil to yet another draw
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 2:30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty in injury time may have salvaged something from the midweek clash but United now sit four points behind Manchester City, having played the same amount of games, and five adrift of third-placed Liverpool with a match in hand.
The 21-year-old made a key contribution after coming on in the 65th minute, winning a penalty in stoppage time which Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted to rescue a 1-1 draw.
It could have been worse for Jose Mourinho's men after Everton controlled the first half and grabbed the lead when Phil Jagielka hooked the ball through David De Gea's legs.
Everton's Ashley Williams gets a red card in the closing moments of the game against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday April 4, 2017.
Ibrahimovic was back in the side following a three-game domestic suspension and had a header incorrectly ruled out for offside in the 71st minute, when it appeared United would follow Saturday's 0-0 draw against West Brom with another frustrating home stalemate.
Leicester City's resurgence under Craig Shakespeare continued as they beat bottom club Sunderland 2-0 to record a sixth successive win.
The big Swede lamented Everton's goal, and said United could not afford to lose focus as they slipped to another draw.
"I'm 35", Ibrahimovic said.
He also said he felt "more comfortable" facing United at Old Trafford than he had in the game at Anfield on Satuday.
In fact, after 29 games in his first season, Van Gaal claimed 56 points and were fourth in the league, while Mourinho has two fewer points and are a place further back.
"With the VAR (video assistant referee), we win this game 2-1 because it's not an offside", Mourinho told BT Sport. How many goals from these attacking players?
"I think we deserved a little bit more".
United's biggest struggles have come in front of goal. Did a decision go against us?
"The penalty was the right decision, but it was really hard to take". But it isn't a team that is from the start pressing, pressing, pressing.
"So many times I was criticised for that". I'm sure we'll get there.