Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Everton left to rue missed chances and refereeing injustice against fortunate United

Everton left to rue missed chances and refereeing injustice against fortunate United

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.

At the other end of the pitch Marcus Rashford proved just as ineffectual up front as Romelu Lukaku, who was benched for the visit of his former club and took his United drought to nine games after coming on as a substitute.

Manager Jose Mourinho, who has criticised the player in the past this season, on this occasion took to the 25-year-old's defence, arguing that he likes to see players be fearless and stating that he has no interest in "Mickey Mouse" players who shirk responsibility in such situations. Yes, we are good friends.

Goalscorer became provider in the 49th minute as the World Cup victor fed Martial to curl home a superb second on an afternoon when United again failed to keep a clean sheet. And to score goals is really hard for us - you can see that in this moment.

Pickford came up big again to save Pogba's penalty but the midfielder converted on the rebound as the keeper was only able to palm the ball back to him.

His stuttering run-up, in which he took marginal steps forward without ever really accelerating towards the ball, attracted criticism on social media.

Mourinho admitted Pogba should perhaps think about altering his technique but commended the World Cup victor for his willingness to front up.

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In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho was happy to speak well of Silva saying, "The only thing I want to say is that I have a very good relationship with him".

"I don't like Mickey Mouses: fragile, afraid to go, I don't take penalties".

"Paul wants to take and that for me is fantastic". If he misses, he misses.

Idrissa Gueye appeared to touch the ball before Martial made contact with his leg. Everton's manager said: "It was not a penalty - it is clear the player dived, it leaves a bad sensation".

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

It was just the start the hosts needed after the disappointment of the midweek home Champions League defeat by Juventus and a run that had seen them win just one of their previous seven games. I know referees can make mistakes and it is clear, it was no penalty. When the game is balanced in the first 20-25 minutes, the penalty starts to put them ahead in the match and more comfortable.

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