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Thursday 25 May 2017

Everton v Manchester United - Story of the match

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores Manchester United's goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores Manchester United's goal

Leighton Baines' late penalty caught Manchester United cold as Everton secured a morale-boosting draw in a match punctuated by controversy.

The summer appointments of Ronald Koeman and Jose Mourinho brought an injection of excitement to the two clubs, yet both approached Sunday's clash needing to kick-start their Premier League campaign.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first-half lobbed effort looked set to have given United the victory, only for Marouane Fellaini's calamitous challenge to gift his former club Everton a penalty that Baines slotted home to secure a 1-1 draw.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Congratulations to @Fellaini on reaching 100 appearances for #MUFC! #EVEMUN" - Manchester United's (@M anUtd) tweet following Fellaini's 85th-minute introduction was as badly timed as the challenge from the man himself.

STAR MAN

David de Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper did not even lift a finger until the 52nd minute, when United were already one up.

But when called upon he made a wonderful, defiant one-handed save from Kevin Mirallas and proceeded to answer his team's call on at least five more occasions.

On an evening where most of the important figures - from Manchester United's goalscorer to the referee - were flawed in some key way, his was the only performance without a black mark against it.

The only surprise was that he could not find a way to stop the equalising penalty.

STATS OF THE DAY Everton's Premier League record is a classic for the glass half-full v glass half-empty debate.

On the one hand they are unbeaten at home this season - a nice feather in the cap for Ronald Koeman.

On the other they have managed just one win in the last nine games - a worrying suggestion that their league position is being kept afloat by early-season form.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH Zlatan Ibrahimovic never misses a chance to remind anybody he is box office material.

He had endured a slow start to the game when his moment arrived and he duly conjured a finish that showcased his athleticism, sense of timing and finesse to lob the goalkeeper with one touch of his raised boot.

He even managed a cliffhanger ending, watching on as the ball touched the woodwork twice before spinning over the line.

RATINGS

Everton

Maarten Stekelenburg 5

Seamus Coleman 6

Ramiro Funes Mori 6

Ashley Williams 7

Leighton Baines 7

Gareth Barry 6

Idrissa Gueye 7

Tom Cleverley 5

Kevin Mirallas 7

Yannick Bolasie 5

Romelu Lukaku 5

Substitutes

Gerard Deolofeu (for Cleverley) 6

Mason Holgate (for Coleman) 7

Enner Valencia (for Bolasie) 7

Manchester United David de Gea 8

Antonio Valencia 6

Phil Jones 7

Marcos Rojo 5

Matteo Darmian 5

Ander Herrera 7

Michael Carrick 7

Paul Pogba 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6

Anthony Martial 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford (for Martial) 5

Marouane Fellaini (for Mkhitaryan) 3

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