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Everton 1-3 Manchester United | Hits & Flops | Premier League 2020-21 

Shambhu Ajith
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 07 Nov 2020, 20:45 IST
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#3 Hit - Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League
Everton v Manchester United - Premier League

The Manchester United defence has come under a lot of criticism and a horror show against Istanbul Besaksehir in midweek did not help things. Going up against the in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin, this was to be one of Maguire's toughest tests yet.

Maguire was at his best today. He was excellent in the air and made several headed clearances from tight situations and did not allow Dominic Calvert-Lewin an inch to work with inside the area. He was impossible to get past, winning his tackles and aerial duels with perfection.

Maguire was colossal at the back and it was his interception and clearance that led to Manchester United's final goal that put the result beyond doubt. He was also ready to get in the opposition players' faces and there were a lot of heated arguments on the pitch today. It was a top performance by the Manchester United captain.

#2 Flop - Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton)

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League
Everton v Manchester United - Premier League

To be fair, Abdoulaye Doucoure wasn't all that bad in a defensive sense. He also popped up in dangerous positions on a few occasions. However, his final product was gravely lacking and he scuppered two glorious chances in the dying embers of the game to restore parity for Everton.

When Doucoure and Allan both start for Everton, it looks like the Merseysiders end up losing a bit of dynamism and this was evident against Manchester United today. While the likes of Fred and McTominay were good at winning the ball back and making forward passes quickly, the Toffees lacked that sort of urgency in the middle.

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That ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.

#1 Hit - Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

Yet another top performance from a top player. Manchester United desperately needed some leadership on the pitch and Bruno Fernandes was all game and heart today. He never stopped running, got under Everton's skin and kept Manchester United believing even as the going got tough.

He scored with an excellent header to equalize for Manchester United and then played a lovely cross into Rashford that ended up going into the net without the United striker having to get even the slightest nod on it. Bruno Fernandes showed great fitness levels and helped out at the back as well on several occasions.

He then ran with the ball and after drawing both the remaining Everton defenders on to him, released Edinson Cavani for his first goal in a Manchester United shirt. Bruno Fernandes has now scored 10 goals in his first 10 away games for Manchester United.

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Bruno Fernandes was ultimately the difference between the two sides. He was always intent on playing the ball forward and chipped in with interceptions and tackles as well in what was yet another solid showing by the Portuguese for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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Published 07 Nov 2020, 20:45 IST
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