Manchester United vs. Everton
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 BST
In what feels like a repetitive statement, Manchester United drew at home in the Premier League.
Visiting captain Phil Jagielka put Everton ahead midway through the first half, as Ronald Koeman closed in on a third successive league win at Old Trafford.
This wasn’t to be the case, as Ashley Williams saw straight red for handball inside the penalty area, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic salvaged a point in stoppage time from the spot, but this draw means 21 points have been dropped at home alone this season.
Patient build up from United ended with Jesse Lingard slicing wide from outside the box before Joel Robles produced a fine save to thwart Marcus Rashford who turned out to be offside.
David De Gea denied Kevin Mirallas at his near post but the resulting corner wasn’t dealt with, as Jagielka flicked home at the back post.
The league’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku then fired wide as Robles turned away Daley Blind’s free-kick, clattering into the post in the process as Ander Herrera struck the bar from the rebound.
On his weaker left foot, Herrera then forced Robles to concede a corner with another fine save as Mason Holgate used his toe to clear Ashley Young’s dangerous cross.
After the break, De Gea dived low to hold from Mirallas as Young’s free kick led to Paul Pogba glancing a header which rattled the crossbar.
Former Everton man Marouane Fellaini was off target amongst a melee inside the penalty area before heading straight at Robles.
Ibrahimovic then headed home from Herrera’s cross but it was ruled out for offside, when replays showed how fine a margin it was, with the benefit of the doubt supposedly going to the attacker as per the rule book.
Fellaini fired over when Robles was off his line, as the Everton players bought as many minutes as possible with their time wasting and play acting.
Half-time substitute Pogba’s whipping cross was headed over by Rojo as Ibrahimovic did likewise from Herrera’s cross.
There was drama at the end when Luke Shaw, another substitute, saw his goalbound effort strike the arm of Williams, who was shown a straight red card as a result.
Up stepped Ibrahimovic, sending Robles the wrong way to bury his penalty, but there wasn’t enough time to search for the win.
This result preserves a now 20 match unbeaten league run, but the top four looks increasingly unlikely in this a ninth home draw and 12th overall.
Maybe Jose Mourinho’s side can have some better luck away from home, as they head north to take on Sunderland this Sunday.
A 1:30pm kick-off is scheduled at the Stadium of Light, in a meeting against former United boss David Moyes, and former players Paddy McNair, John O’Shea, Donald Love and Darron Gibson.
United: De Gea; Young (Shaw 65), Bailly, Rojo, Blind (Pogba 46); Herrera, Carrick (Mkhitaryan 65) Fellaini; Lingard, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Martial.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Everton: Robles; Holgate, A. Williams, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Davies, Barry; Barkley (Calvert-Lewin 80), Lukaku, Mirallas (Pennington 66).
Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Valencia, Lookman, Kenny, J. Williams.
Manager: Ronald Koeman