Manchester United’s inconsistent Premier League campaign took another twist with a draw against Everton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continued their sloppy form against teams in the bottom half of the table in the clash at Old Trafford.
It is becoming increasingly evident that you just don’t know what you are going to get from this current United side.
There are going to massive wins in the big matches, but there is also going to be disappointment along the way against teams that set up to frustrate.
The match against Duncan Ferguson’s reinvigorated Everton proved to be United’s latest stumbling block.
We struggled to break the visitors down and shift the ball quickly enough to pull them out of position, a lot of passing was either backwards or sideways, it was too safe.
There weren’t too many standout performers in a match that lacked quality, but here are the two players that struggled to impose themselves on the match.
United’s number 14 has shown signs of getting back to his best form in recent weeks, but his performance against the Toffees was a backwards step.
Lingard had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the opening minute but he pulled his shot wide after the ball fell to him in the penalty area.
It was a difficult afternoon for Lingard, who gave away too many cheap free-kicks and allowed Everton to regroup and waste time.
Celebrating his 27th birthday, Lingard should be entering his peak years, he is no longer that youngster that should be given time to develop and realise his potential.
Lingard was the man sacrificed for United’s goalscorer Mason Greenwood when his team was trailing in the 65th minute.
With Greenwood knocking on the door for Premier League starts, Lingard could be the man to make way for United’s talented academy prodigy.
There were chants of “There’s only one Jesse Lingard” ringing around the Theatre of Dreams as fans showed their support to him after he went public with the difficult family situation he is currently facing.
This was a performance that again highlighted the growing need for a world class midfield orchestra.
On the same day Kevin de Bruyne tormented Arsenal by scoring 2 goals and laying on an assist, that’s the calibre of player United need to create chances out of nothing and be the difference in the tight matches.
It makes rather grim viewing for United’s number 9 that it’s back-to-back matches that he has found himself featuring on our worst player list.
The mercurial Frenchman can be devastating and tear teams apart, but he can also swan around on the pitch and look like he has no care in the world about the outcome of the match.
With the Erling Haaland rumours continuing to gather momentum, Martial needs to start adding consistency to his game otherwise he may find himself back on the fringes of the team.
It isn’t just external pressure which Martial should be worried about, Greenwood is chomping at the bit for a run of Premier League starts.
The 24-year-old feeds off quick one and two touch interplay in tight areas and can hold the ball up at times, but he needs to offer more.
It is hard for Martial when he hasn’t got a world class number 10 behind him who can create ample chances.
That has to be Solskjaer’s focus, adding more quality and artistry behind Martial could give the team a new dimension, but that’s when the scrutiny of the Frenchman’s displays will increase.
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