Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his Manchester United team drop points in successive league games after Everton claimed a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United fell short of expectations once again as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford, with Andros Townsend continuing his brilliant start to the season.
The roar at the stadium remains the same – in fact much of the stadium remains unchanged and unimproved 13 years on – and the excitement in Manchester pre-match indicates a fan base reinfused with the hope of years gone by. But mainly it is the presence of a precocious 38-year-old. Even sat on the bench, as Ronaldo was here until the 55th minute, he personifies the nebulous feeling that United might be on the verge of something.
In moments, United are indeed exhilarating. Even without Ronaldo, there are enough attacking players to stir the soul, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial deputising. In some ways, they are a team made in Sir Alex Ferguson’s image, always looking to be on the front foot, always flying forwards, always looking to their game-changing individuals for a dash of genius to bring colour to your day.
Andros Townsend completed off a brilliant Everton counter attack to earn them a well-deserved point at Old Trafford in 65th minute. To rub salt in United’s wounds, Townsend produced his best imitation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous celebration.
Chelsea suffered midweek disappointment against Juventus in the Champions League but bounced back against Southampton.
Chelsea scored twice in the final 10 minutes to down 10-man Southampton 2-1 and move top of the Premier League on Saturday.