Manchester United – Everton: United’s left-sided attack secures victory over Everton (2-1)
Manchester United recovered from their midweek Champions League defeat against Juventus to beat Everton 2-1. A highlight for United was their left-sided attack, with Anthony Martial once again being integral to the attacking exploits of Jose Mourinho’s side.
United’s 1-0 defeat against Juventus does not look like the worst result on paper given the Italians’ quality, but the lacklustre nature of the performance displeased many fans. An improved performance was needed against Everton then, especially with big away games at Juventus and Manchester City on the horizon for United.
Everton came into this game on the back of three wins, sitting in eight place. This seems roughly in line with expectations this season, as they should have the player quality in the squad to be aiming for a top half finish this season, but probably don’t have enough to break into the top six.
United’s only change from the Juventus game was the inclusion of Fred, in place of an out-of-form Romelu Lukaku, who Mourinho said is currently lacking confidence. This change meant that Rashford moved into a center-forward role, and Mata moved to the right, making room for Fred as a central-midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation.
Everton’s starting lineup and 4-2-3-1 shape were unchanged from their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. The team included big money signing Richarlison, along with ex-Barcelona backups Lucas Digne and André Gomes, as well as Bernard, who was facing up against former Shakhtar teammate Fred.
General movements and positioning when Manchester United was in possession.
United focus on the left
As alluded to, most of United’s attacking threat in this game came . . .