Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United recorded a much-needed, if unconvincing, two, one Premier League win over Everton to ease the scrutiny on manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty ensured an anxious end to proceedings for the hosts but, with United’s legendary former star Eric Cantona watching from the stands, his fellow countrymen did enough to secure three points.
The result also vindicated Mourinho’s decision to drop struggling centre-forward Romelu Lukaku from his starting line-up after the Belgian international had failed to score in his previous eight games.
Pogba shot United into the lead after twenty-seven minutes, although he needed a large slice of luck to convert after his penalty was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford.
The decision to award the spot-kick was hotly disputed by the visitors although Idrissa Gueye did appear to impede Martial as he darted into the area even if the Frenchman made the most of the contact.
When Pogba strode up to take the penalty, he performed his by-now familiar routine of making a series of stuttering steps — no fewer than twenty-six in total — before seeing his shot stopped magnificently by the Everton keeper.
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Author: Taiwo Adediran