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Mason Greenwood Equaliser Pushes Manchester United to Draw vs. Everton

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIDecember 15, 2019

Manchester United's English striker Mason Greenwood (R) celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 15, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Mason Greenwood came off the bench to score a late equaliser for Manchester United on Sunday and rescue a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

The Red Devils started the game brightly but fell behind on 36 minutes when defender Victor Lindelof diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper.

David De Gea failed to deal with Leighton Baines' corner in from the right, and the ball hit Lindelof at the far post and trickled over the line.

Manchester United hit back in the second half through their 18-year-old substitute. The teenager fired a crisp shot that beat Jordan Pickford at his near post to secure a point.

The Red Devils made history Sunday with their team selection, naming a squad containing an academy player for the 4000th game in a row:

B/R Football @brfootball

Manchester United name an academy graduate in their squad for the 4000th consecutive game. 🔴 Every single game since 1937 👏 https://t.co/AvuGTyLpEp

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck with the same team that beat Manchester City last time out in the Premier League, while Everton switched to a back five and brought in Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies and Bernard.

Goal shared the two teams:

Goal @goal

🔴 Man Utd unchanged from City victory 🔵 Everton without Sigurdsson, Walcott & Schneiderlin The team news is in at Old Trafford #MUNEVE https://t.co/2P13NGyXgG

The hosts started quickly and fashioned a chance in the first minute. Anthony Martial and Fred combined to tee up Jesse Lingard inside the penalty area, but he could only turn and put a shot wide of the Everton goal.

Daniel James and Marcus Rashford also had sights of goal in a bright opening but neither player could find the target. Rashford also forced Pickford into a strong one-handed save from his powerful free-kick from just outside the penalty area.

Everton grew into the game as the half progressed and took the lead before half-time. De Gea could not punch a corner clear under pressure from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and the ball hit Lindelof and bounced over the line:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

12 - David de Gea has conceded a goal in each of his last 12 Premier League appearances for Manchester United - his longest run without a clean sheet in his career in the competition. Leaking. #MUNEVE https://t.co/rFZIL2cooF

De Gea did appear to have been fouled by Calvert-Lewin, but the goal was given after a VAR check which drew some surprise:

Daniel Storey @danielstorey85

That is indisputably a foul on the goalkeeper. By the rules and through precedent.

Dale Johnson @DaleJohnsonESPN

I think many fans will struggle to see how Dominic Calvert-Lewin on David De Gea isn't a foul, yet this challenge by Wesley on Mat Ryan saw Conor hourihane's goal disallowed. #MUNEVE #AVFC https://t.co/lJMjqrFNUe

James Robson @jamesrobsonES

Agree that De Gea should be stronger dealing with the cross - but that has to be a foul on him.

Manchester United struggled to muster a response before the break, lacking the invention to break down a committed and disciplined Everton side who made it to half-time with their lead safely intact.

The Red Devils saw plenty of the ball in the second half but struggled to create clear chances initially.

Luke Shaw called Pickford into action with a fierce shot that the goalkeeper parried. The ball fell kindly to Daniel James, but he could only hit team-mate Lingard full in the face with his follow-up.

Solskjaer sent on Mason Greenwood for Lingard for the final 25 minutes of normal time, while Everton also made an attacking change and brought on Moise Kean.

The substitution was to prove crucial for the hosts as they finally found an equaliser on 78 minutes. Greenwood fired a shot that flew through Mina's legs and squeezed inside Pickford's near post:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Mason Greenwood's two Premier League goals for Man Utd: ⚽️ 77': Off the bench vs. Sheffield Utd. ⚽️ 77': Off the bench vs. Everton He's Solskjaer's Solskjaer. 🙃 https://t.co/wEamAaLulM

The Red Devils went in search of a winner but could not find another goal, while at the other end, De Gea needed to be alert to tip away a swerving shot from Alex Iwobi.

There was also late drama when Everton replaced substitute Kean with only minutes of normal time remaining. 

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden noted the 19-year-old's reaction to the change:

Mark Ogden @MarkOgden_

Moise Kean subbed after 18 mins. Blanked by Ferguson as he comes off the pitch and walks straight to the dressing-room...

The draw sees Manchester United move into sixth place in the table and now just four points behind Chelsea in fourth place, while Everton are unbeaten in two games under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson.

      

What's Next? 

Both teams are back in action on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. Manchester United host League Two side Colchester United, while Everton play Leicester City at Goodison Park.