Bruno Fernandes bails Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out of trouble once again as Manchester United defeat Everton

Solskjaer’s side delivered a much-needed victory

The visitors picked up the pace after conceding and worked some lovely passing triangles before Juan Mata fed Luke Shaw. The full-back delivered a superb cross that Bruno emphatically headed in the top right from the place he loves – the spot. A finish the build-up of 20 passes deserved.

That response took just six minutes and after another seven, United were ahead. Fred supplied Marcus Rashford with a diagonal ball and the striker slipped it to Bruno. The talisman’s clever chip evaded the head of Rashford, went off the post and in.

Everton, who had started the season so impressively but have taken just one point from the last nine available, tried to up the ante after the break.

There were no more goals, but VAR incidents. Pickford, who escaped being penalised for his reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijk last month, kicked Harry Maguire along with Michael Keane.

The United defender had pushed the goalkeeper as he jumped to claim the ball, which he then dropped. The contact was minimal, but the penalty was unlikely to be given after that especially since only three subjective spot-kicks (not handball) have been awarded via video review in 71 games.

Bruno Fernandes heads in United’s equaliser

Maguire then rashly went through Lucas Digne, but got a toe to the ball. The flag had already gone up for offside earlier in the move.

There was more edge and hard tackles than moments of quality as the match wore on, but Edinson Cavani opened his United account at the death with a fine finish.

Fernandes again played a pivotal role as he slipped the substitute in to deceive Pickford at the near post.

And so Solskjaer breathes a sigh of relief. Ancelotti, meanwhile, has lost three league games in a row for the first time since November 2006 with AC Milan.

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