Everton left to rue missed chances and refereeing injustice against fortunate United

Posted October 29, 2018

Jose Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial about having an entourage which "supports his weaknesses" following Manchester United's win over Everton.

Jose Mourinho has offered his support to misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku as the Belgium worldwide prepares to face his former club Everton.

It was his fourth goal in his last three Premier League games and Mourinho said afterwards the 22-year-old is finally starting to get the most out of his undoubted talent. That poor run is in sharp contrast to his form at the same stage last campaign, when he had already netted 11 times. It was hard for us.

United negotiated a nervy finale, but they could have had another goal when Martial was played clean through on goal only to be denied by Pickford.

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"Of course I don't want to put all my excuses in the referee's decision because we created clear chances to score then it's not the fault of the referee".

"The reason is he is playing lots of matches and lately, not just not scoring goals, but also not showing lots of confidence and sometimes we decide that the best thing for the players is to not be on the pitch, to be protected and away from the initial pressure.", said Mourinho in his pre-match presser. Lukaku may be United's top scorer, but with him in the side, their play is often so tiresome and predictable. I think he can, I think the goalkeepers don't move and they are waiting for his decision so I think he probably has to learn from that.

Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Alex Scott reflect on the big talking points from Manchester United's win over Everton. Coleman and Gana Gueye dealt well with a right wing raid by Martial before Walcott pressured Lindelof into a mistake to find Sigurdsson whose cross for Bernard was just a tad too strong.

Pogba seemed to take an age as he slowly stepped up to the spot in what was certainly an attempt to get into Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's head.

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Anthony Martial did make it 2-0 for United four minutes after the break with a stunning first-time curling strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

However, Chris Smalling gave away a needless penalty kick which brought Everton back into the game.

Pogba went down screaming like a stuck pig under a none challenge from Gomes, drawing a rueful shake of the head from Marco Silva, clearly fed up with the Frenchmans' posing and posturing ahead of Lukaku replacing Rashford in the 65th minute. He surges into the area but sees his rising effort brush the fingertips of De Gea on its way over.

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has played down talk of a potential reunion with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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