United’s three best players in disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton

There won’t be too many Manchester United fans firing up the highlights of the draw with Everton.

The 1-1 draw felt like a setback and two points dropped, on a weekend where Manchester City and Liverpool face each other.

Amid the disappointment at another disjointed team performance performance, there were a handful of decent displays from Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men.

Here is a look at three players who stood out for the right reasons…

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Anthony Martial

Martial was a surprise starter, and there were some signs of rustiness and low confidence at times.

But he did rifle United in front when the opportunity came his way which got Old Trafford singing his name,

His confidence went up after that and it was unfortunate that injury forced him off early in the second half.

Martial will hope the problem is nothing serious because this was his best afternoon of the season by a long way.

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Raphael Varane

This was another smooth performance from Varane who has stepped up in the absence of Harry Maguire.

Salomon Rondon provided a physical challenge but Varane was not phased and this was another good display.

David de Gea could easily have got praise here, although he didn’t have as much to do as against Villarreal on Wednesday night – thankfully.

The team performances may need improving but the signs are that Varane is now settled in English football.

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Jadon Sancho

Sancho came on for Martial and was United’s brightest forward when in search of a winning goal.

His confidence is growing and he got the home fans going on a couple of occasions.

Unfortunately, he failed to score United’s biggest chance of the half. If he had netted, his confidence would likely have been through the roof now.

There’s more to come from Sancho, but there are also signs he’s getting sharper and more confident.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.