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'Pleased with a point' – Solskjaer reacts to Man United's dramatic 1-1 draw with Everton

Top four hopefuls Everton and Manchester United failed to take advantage of Chelsea dropping points yesterday, the two sides playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw today at Goodison Park.

The Toffees got off to the perfect start after just three minutes, when in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin blocked down a David De Gea clearance and the ball rebounded into the empty net.

Manchester United gradually began to dominate the game the longer it went on and it was no great surprise when they equalised through January signing Bruno Fernandes on 31 minutes, although Everton ‘keeper Jordan Pickford didn’t cover himself in glory, the England number one allowing the Portuguese midfielder’s long-range strike to squirm under him.

Fernandes was presented with a great chance to win the game late on, but his sliced strike was saved by Pickford, with the Toffees ‘keeper then doing brilliantly to block down Odion Ighalo’s follow up effort.

It would then be De Gea’s turn to redeem himself for his earlier error, the Spaniard making a trademark save with his feet after Gylfi Sigurdsson after the Icelandic midfielder was played through by Richarlison.

However, the drama would not stop there and Everton thought they hand won the game in the immediate aftermath of Sigurssson’s miss, when Calvert-Lewin’s left-footed strike deflected off Harry Maguire and flew into the bottom corner.

Man United’s players instantly appealed to the ref that Sigurdsson, who had remained on the ground in the six yard box, had blocked de Gea’s view, and after consultation with VAR the goal was disallowed.

Speaking afterwards United boss Solskjaer said he felt a draw was a fair result on the balance of play, his side having been the better of the two in the first period, but they had to defend resolutely late on as Everton piled on the pressure.

“It was a game of two halves – first half, we were excellent. But a very strange start, you shouldn’t be 1-0 down like that,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“After that we played fantastic football and we should have been leading at half time, we could have won it at the end. We defended all second half and pleased with a point.

“One point each, is what both teams deserve we had the first half and they had the second.”

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