Man Utd 2-1 Everton: Paul Pogba scores penalty rebound to set up victory


Anthony Martial scored in a third straight league appearance for Manchester United

Manchester United edged past Everton to move to within five points of the Premier League’s top four.

Jose Mourinho’s side were second best throughout Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus, but climbed up two places to eighth after victory at Old Trafford over the Toffees.

The hosts went ahead through Paul Pogba’s fortuitous strike – making a stuttering 26-step run-up to take a penalty that was saved by Jordan Pickford, then tucking home the rebound when it fell straight back to him.

Pogba fed fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial to curl in a delightful, first-time finish from the edge of the box in the second half.

Everton, whose three-game winning run came to an end, had chances of their own but Bernard hit the side netting after going round David de Gea and the Spain goalkeeper saved sharply from Richarlison’s low strike.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty with 12 minutes remaining, but United held on to their advantage.

New-look Man Utd?

Even at this early stage in the season, United cannot afford to drop many more points if they want to achieve their minimum target of Champions League qualification come May.

After 10 games, they are nine points behind league leaders Liverpool, but were helped by fourth-placed Arsenal dropping points at Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday.

There also seems to be a new drama surrounding the club with each passing week and much has been written about the manager’s future, the relationship with his players, and the team bus arriving late to the ground for games – while a newspaper report