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Manchester United return to winning ways

9 Mar 2024

Manchester, England – Manchester United returned to winning ways as they beat Everton 2-0 thanks to two first-half penalties, both won by Alejandro Garnacho and converted by Bruno Fernandes and then Marcus Rashford.

As for much of this season, a relegation-battling Everton threatened for most of the match but failed in front of goal, losing for the second match running despite having over 20 shots. They are now 11 matches without victory.

Both teams were unchanged as Rashford continued his role up top in the absence of Rasmus Hojlund and Beto started for the second successive match for Everton.

Man Utd attempted to assume the majority of possession but struggled to play out from the back, often being caught out by Everton’s press.

Despite Everton’s bright start, United scored against the run of play. On nine minutes, James Tarkowski clipped Garnacho as the 19-year-old tried to dribble past him in the box.

Fernandes converted from the spot, slotting the ball into Jordan Pickford’s bottom-left corner for his fifth goal in nine appearances against Everton.

It was also his 29th penalty goal for United, the most in the club’s history, overtaking Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Garnacho earned United’s second penalty by driving into the area, drawing a foul from Ben Godfrey.

This time Rashford stepped up and scored his seventh goal of the season in the 36th minute, sending the ball towards the opposite side of the first penalty and wrongfooting Pickford.

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