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‘We are really bad at the moment’ – Ancelotti laments Everton defending in 3-1 loss to Man Utd

A Bruno Fernandes inspired Manchester United came from behind to extend Everton’s recent dip in form, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side running out 3-1 winners at Goodison Park.

It was an even opening period between two sides who had both lost their last two outings, but it would be Everton who would take the lead on 20 minutes.

A route one, long ball from Jordan Pickford was aimed in the direction of the physical Dominic Calvert Lewin, and his flick-on dropped to the diminutive Bernard, who was afforded enough time to get a shot off, his low effort creeping past David de Gea at the near post.

Manchester United upped their tempo after the opener, and within four minutes they were level. A floated ball from Luke Shaw down the left found the unmarked Bruno Fernandes, the 26-year-old attacking the ball and excellently guiding his header into the top corner past Pickford.

Seven minutes later and United were ahead. Marcus Rashford played a give and go with Fernandes who floated the ball back into the middle towards Rashford. The England striker looked like he had nodded the ball into the back of the net off the right-hand upright, though replays showed he didn’t get a touch, Fernandes credited with the goal after his lofted pass went all the way in having left Pickford flat-footed.

Everton improved after the break, though didn’t test De Gea, the Blues’ only shot on target being the one from which they scored, the Toffees really lacking quality in the final third.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side mounted one final attack in the last minute of stoppage time, but it was easily dealt with by United’s defence and man of the match Fernandes lead a rapid counter-attack as the Portuguese drove towards the edge of the Everton box, before slipping in Edinson Cavani who did what he does best as he stroked the ball past Pickford for his first goal in English football.

The defeat means that Ancelotti has now seen one of his side’s suffer three successive defeats for the first time in 14 years, and the legendary Italian boss was unhappy with the Toffees defending.

“The problem was that after we scored we were not able to defend well, and they took advantage. They were able to score easily,” Ancelotti told BT Sport. “We said before the game we had to defend better and we did not defend good enough. We were slow at the back, we have to improve.

“I hope that after the international break we will back in a different shape. It is not only a problem of the defenders, it is all of the team.

“I know how to manage difficulties, every year you have them. We can start again after the break, we are really bad at the moment but we started well.”

Everton now have two weeks to try and regroup during the International break as they look to get back to winning ways against a struggling Fulham side.

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