CM – Manchester United 4-0 Everton: Red Devils end pre-season with a comfortable win



Manchester United
against Everton. Friendly match.

12:45 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Old Trafford.

Match report as Man Utd prepares for the start of the new Premier League season by scoring four goals against Everton; Goals in the first half from Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes with a stunning free kick put the hosts in control; Diogo Dalot’s late header added a fourth to the home team

Football Journalist –
@ Richiereds1976

Manchester United warmed up for the new season in style, easily beating Everton 4-0 in the last friendly of the summer at Old Trafford.

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked a strong-looking line-up, as he made his final preparations before the start of the new Premier League campaign next weekend, with the majority of his Euro 2020 stars back.

The hosts’ strength was evident as they were thanks to Mason’s early opportunistic goal After a mistake by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the outstanding header from Harry Maguire and a typical free kick by Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood ripped into a confident 3-0 lead at the break.

Teams in the first half Man Utd: De Gea, Wan -Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Van de Beek, Greenwood, Fernandes, James, MartialEverton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gray, Townsend, Iwobi, James

teams of second half itMan Utd: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, James, MataEverton: Begovic, Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Delph, Gray, Townsend, Iwobi, Gordon

Despite a better performance by Rafa Benitez’s Everton team in the second half, it was United who scored again in stoppage time with Diogo Dalot’s header loop to ensure they were in good hearts in next Saturday’s home game with Leeds United are going, what cannot be said, are the Toffees, which will host Southampton later that day.

United had eight players back from the summer break, including England stars Maguire and Luke Shaw, despite Three Lions hero Pickford was the guest who put the home team ahead in the eighth minute.

There seemed little danger as Lucas Digne carefully headed the ball back to Pickford, who inexplicably did not collect it cleanly and allowed an attentive Greenwood, to open the goal by finding the empty net.

Eight Man Utd players were back from their summer break, including England internationals Maguire and Shaw, as well as players like De Gea, Fernandes, Lindelof, Martial, while Pogba and
Fred sat on the bench.
However, Jesse Lingard isolated after the club confirmed it tested positive for Covid-19.

Everton gave Pickford his first pre-season run-out while James and new boys Townsend and Gray all started attacking but missed Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, the former suffering a minor blow while the latter won Olympics gold with Brazil.

United doubled their lead seven minutes later when Shaw’s left corner was shot in by Maguire before Fernandes added a third in the 29th minute.

Most of the ground, including Pickford, knew what was coming would if the Portuguese striker hovered over the free kick but that didn’t mean anyone could do anything about it when Fernandes rolled deliciously home from 30 meters to end the game as a competition half an hour ago.

Both coaches heralded the change in the break and Everton showed a greatly improved performance after the break, but without end product, as first-choice strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison were missing.

United scored in the second and final minute A fourth goal in stoppage time thanks to the cheeky backhead ball from the substitute Dalot to give Everton’s new boss a lot of thought before the new season.

United starts next Saturday at 12.30 p.m. d he new Premier League at home against Leeds, while Everton takes on Southampton at 3 p.m. at Goodison Park on the same day.

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