Manchester United defender Harry Maguire reckons his side deserved more from their clash with Everton at Old Trafford today, the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw.
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 Dominic 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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Speaking afterwards £80 million defender Maguire reckoned his side had dominated the game.
“We deserved more. Dominated the game, really,” Maguire told Sky Sports.
”We conceded a goal that was a clear foul. We were disappointed to concede that sort of goal but we bounced back in the second half.”
When pushed further on Everton’s goal Maguire was adamant that the goal should have been disallowed.
“It was a clear foul. People will say David de Gea has to be stronger but it is a clear foul. He jumps in on him and David was impeded.”
England international Maguire also praised goalscorer Greenwood, predicting that the 18-year-old will go on to score many goals for United.
“He is a goalscorer. He is going to score a lot of goals for this club. He is a great player,” the defender added.
“I think you can see the improvements we are making. We looked more clinical today and are scoring goals now.”
Spurs win at Wolves means Jose Mourinho’s side move ahead of United who drop to sixth in the Premier League table, with their next outing a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Colchester at Old Trafford on Wednesday.