Relief for Mourinho As United Hang On Against Everton

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted his culpability for the goal that Everton scored in Sunday's Premier League meeting between the teams.

Pogba shot United into the lead after 27 minutes, although he needed a large slice of luck to convert after his penalty was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford.

Martial doubled United's advantage in the second half with an impressive finish and though Everton would pull one back from a penalty of their own with 13 minutes left, questions will be asked as to why Chris Smalling wasn't shown a second yellow card for his late sliding tackle on Richarlison.

United endured a nervous end at Old Trafford on Sunday after conceding a 77th-minute penalty from which Gylfi Sigurdsson scored - the 17th goal United have shipped this season and three more than Newcastle who are in the bottom three.

"The thing I like is the desire to take it", said Mourinho. Maybe they know how I take penalties.

"Paul wants to take and that for me is fantastic".

"The goalkeepers know his running, they don't move and they are waiting for his decision so he has to learn from that but for me the most important thing is he wants to go again".

Romelu Lukaku's omission from the starting XI afforded Martial a prominent role and it was his quick feet that drew the penalty from Idrissa Gueye, who did get a toe to the ball before the attacker's theatrical fall.

"For sure I was lucky", Pogba told Sky Sports.

"I believe with Lukaku that this will happen, but the reality is that in this moment it's not happening".

The Man United fans haven't had too much to shout about of late under Jose Mourinho but they took to social media to express their delight at the way the team played in the first half, without their star striker.

Everton were then gifted a way back into proceedings with 13 minutes remaining after Pogba gave away possession as stupidly as the sliding challenge that followed from Smalling on Richarlison inside the box.

It was a courageous decision, but one that ultimately paid off. José Mourinho dropped Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United produced their best performance of the season to see off a wasteful Everton side.

Sigurdsson converted from the spot to hand Everton a lifeline, but United held on to extend their record of never having never lost a Premier League game after scoring first under Mourinho. "We are not as rock solid as I would like, we don't have that killer instinct I would like".

The goal certainly helped the home side settle down and they appeared keen to keep pressure on the right side of the Everton defence with Martial and Pogba in particular. It was hard for us.

Pickford made the games first real save in the 23rd minute beating a Martial blast away for a corner that came to nothing.

  • Stacy Allen