The Manchester United well-oiled machine under Jose Mourinho keeps marching on. The Red Devils stuck four past Everton to join City at the top of the Premier League table. However, it certainly wasn’t the most convincing of displays at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
After an early goal, the game went through a bit of a lull during the middle part. Jose Mourinho’s men sat back and allowed Everton to play higher up the pitch, but, when the match was winding down, United put their foot and the gas and scored a few late goals.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville wasn’t going to be swayed by the scoreline either, and after the match, he was less than complimentary about Manchester United.
He claimed that it wasn’t a good performance whatsoever, before ending by suggesting that Everton looked like the team who played on Tuesday and United looked like the side that played on Thursday (rather than the other way around).
“It wasn’t a good performance, there’s a bit of a pattern building though in terms of getting in front and then being patient and waiting,” the Sky Sports pundit said, as per the Daily Star.
“Sometimes they are even retreating a little bit with a couple of defensive substitutions and then the other team gets a little bit desperate, but then they score goals later on in the game.”
“That’s happened two or three times now this season. I think Jose’s always renowned as being a patient coach, his team look like they have the maturity to be able to handle it.”
“But there is a pattern building of a team finishing games off that they didn’t finish off last season.”
“I think United looked like the team who played Thursday night and Everton the team that played on Tuesday.”
Yes, it wasn’t the best display from Mourinho’s boys, but the result is all that matters. Three points are three points whichever way you get them, and defensively, United looked solid throughout. When you’re keeping it tight at the back, you’ll always create chances at the other end.
I don’t think that the match was ever out of United’s control. They had the lead since the fourth minute and although it was only a slender one, Everton rarely troubled. Mourinho knows what he’s doing, and I love the fact that we’re scoring so late on, because it shows just how fit our players are.