By Paul Mukana
It was a horrible Saturday afternoon for Manchester United as they endured their 8th league defeat this season.
Anthony Gordon’s spectacular shot in the 27th minute went straight into the net giving Everton a fundamental win inside their home stadium Goodson Park.
Gordon’s shot deflected off Harry Maguire and got Man Utd goalkeeper David Degea wrong footed.
It was Gordon’s second goal under new manager Frank Lampard having scored in the toffees 3.0 win vs Leeds recently.
This now implies that United have now lost 8 league games this season and only won 3 of their last 12 games and a dismal record of only 9 wins in 22 games under Ralf Ragnick.
That’s the worst ever statistics recorded by any manager in Man Utd’s history.
“If you don’t score a sit goal in 95 minutes,we have to be disappointed:we made a good start to the game and had control over the game in the first 25 minutes.We should have created more chances out of that domination in the first 25 minutes.Then we conceded a defected shot and after that lost a little bit of our composure and stride,” Rangnick told BT Sport reporters after the game.
Everton constantly gave United a series of hard times especially in the midfield.
Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi alongside Brazilian attacker Richarlison firmly brainstormed the game and denied United a scoring chance.
Despite United getting 62% of the ball possession and more shots, getting a goal wasn’t possible.
United twice came close but Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced sparkling saves to deny Macus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo open scoring chances.
This means United’s chances of finishing in the top four bracket have withered.
The defeat leaves them in 7th position with 51 points, 6 points behind 4th placed Tottenham with 7 games remaining.
To add insult to injury, it will be yet another United’s trophyless season and absence from the champions league.
The win was a real petulance for Everton and it relatively lifted them 4 points above the relegation danger zone.
They are now 17th on the table with 28 points, ahead of Burnley, Watford and Norwich.
It was a sigh of relief for Everton manager Frank Lampard who had lost 3.0 to Burnley mid week and was definitely under siege.
In other results, Arsenal’s horrible run continued when they lost their 2nd game in a week by conceding 2.1 against a resilient Brighton side.
Chelsea trounced Southampton 6.0 at the St. Mary’s stadium , Watford lost 3.0 at home to Leeds whilst Tottenham saw off Aston Villa at Villa Park to stick to the fourth position.
The EPL will race on this Sunday evening when leaders Manchester City host second placed Liverpool in a mouth watering clash at Etihad.
City(73) and Liverpool(72) are just separated with a point and the winner will take control of the race in the meantime.
Football pundits have opined that it is a two horse race bitting City and Liverpool.