Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin hailed the impact of caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson after the Toffees battled to an impressive 1-1 draw away to Manchester United today.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came into the game full of confidence after recent wins over Spurs and Man City, and should have taken the lead within the first minute, but Jesse Lingard fluffed his lines when presented with an excellent chance.
However, as the half wore on it began to take on an all too familiar pattern for Manchester United fans, with the home side looking laboured on the ball, and Duncan Ferguson’s Everton gradually began to grow into the game.
It was no great surprise then, when the Toffees took the lead on 36 minutes via a Victor Lindelof own goal from a well delivered Leighton Baines corner. Replays showed that United ‘keeper David De Gea had been impeded by Calvert-Lewin before the ball struck Lindelof, although the Spaniard hardly covered himself in glory with his meek attempt to punch the ball clear.
United pushed on hard in search of an equaliser in the second-half and it seemed fitting that on the day the Old Trafford club included an academy graduate in their squad for the 4,000th consecutive game, they would find it with a tidy finish from 18-year-old attacker Mason Greenwood.
Although both sides made efforts to find a winner, neither was able to fashion a real clear cut chance and the game ended all square.
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This was Ferguson’s second game in charge – the first a 3-1 home win over Chelsea – and man of the match Calvert-Lewin opened up about the affect the Toffees cult hero is having on him and his teammates.
“It is unbelievable,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.
”You see the passion (Duncan Ferguson) has for the club and how much the fans love him and it rubs off on the players. If you can’t win it, don’t lose it and I think that was the main message today.
“For me I think he has done a great job. He has given me all the backing in the world. I think he has been top.
”We are enjoying our football under Duncan. It is not our hands but he has started his Everton tenure quite well.”
When pressed about his role in the controversial opener Calvert-Lewin seemed unconcerned, insisting that it’s his style to be difficult to deal with for opposition defences.
“I didn’t know much about it. I contested with De Gea and turned around and it was in the back of the net. That is what I am about – being aggressive and tough for defenders.”
Everton sit in 16th in the Premier League after today’s game, with their next outing a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester at Goodison Park.