United boss Mourinho devalues Shaw by questioning professionalism, attitude

Ross Houston
April 5, 2017

But it could have been even worse for United, who looked to be heading for defeat against an Everton side that bounced back in style from their loss to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at the weekend.

His side fell behind in the 22nd minute when Williams flicked on Kevin Mirallas's right-wing corner and centre-back Jagielka held off Marcos Rojo to poke a volley between David de Gea's legs.

Ibrahimovic thought he had equalised when he headed Herrera's right-wing cross beneath Robles with 19 minutes left, only for it to be ruled marginally offside.

Phil Jagielka's first goal in nearly two years looked to have caused terminal damage to United's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four.


Mourinho responded by throwing on Mkhitaryan and the previously out-of-favour Shaw, who got a big cheer as he made his first club appearance for a month.

After breaking the world transfer record to re-sign Paul Pogba, a player they let go for next to nothing, it would not be an enormous surprise were United to perform a similar about-turn similar by joining the list of clubs anxious to secure the services of Wilfried Zaha.

At the back, Antonio Valencia is given the day off, so utility man (!) Ashley Young starts at right-back. The clock had ticked into the 94th minute when Ibrahimovic slotted home the penalty.

Ibrahimovic stepped forward for the penalty kick and did justice to it, thus stretching Man United's unbeaten league run to 20 matches.


Silence momentarily fell upon Old Trafford as the visiting fans at the opposite end of the ground realised it had gone in, with Romelu Lukaku then flashing wide as United wobbled.

- Phil Jagielka has scored his first Premier League goal since May 2015, 703 days ago (v Aston Villa).

And they came so close to claiming all three points with what, until that late drama, was the crucial moment in the match.

- The Red Devils have drawn 12 league games this season, their most in a campaign since the 1998/99 season (13).


Interestingly, the two teams are just one point apart from each other in the table, with Manchester United in fifth place on 53 points, and Everton in seventh with 50 points.

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