Everton v Manchester United Match Report, 23/12/20, League Cup

Everton 0-2 Manchester United: Cavani’s magic breaks Goodison’s heart

Manchester United are back in another semi-final after Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial scored late goals at Everton.

Edinson Cavani sent Manchester United back to EFL Cup semi-final as his stunning late goal inspired 2-0 win over Everton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been compelling on the road this season and headed to Goodison Park after winning all eight away domestic games scoring at least three times on each occasion.

They dotted Everton’s goal in the first half, but had nothing to show for their efforts before the game turned into a more physical and eventful affair after the interval.

One of those occasions saw Cavani grab Yerry Mina’s throat, but the former Paris Saint-Germain star stayed on the pitch to throw a magnificent left-footed strike into the lower left corner from 25 yards, Anthony Martial s’ assuring that Everton let himself be exposed to the pursuit. an equalizer.

United had their hosts cashed in in the opening rally and only a desperate blockade from Seamus Coleman denied Donny van de Beek after Paul Pogba’s rear wheel in the seventh minute.

Under-seat Robin Olsen made a double save to thwart Cavani from a narrow angle, although the Sweden international was anchored instantly when Mason Greenwood took an excruciatingly wide glance from the delightful left-center of Alex Telles.

Pogba nodded into Olsen’s hands after Mina transformed another dangerous delivery from Bruno Fernandes behind.

Everton belatedly found some balance and Dean Henderson was out of breath to prevent a free kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson eight minutes before halftime.

Cavani crashed into the side net amid suspicion of handball early in the second period, before the veteran Uruguayan striker tangled with Mina and a nasty collision with Fernandes and Eric Bailly forced a Richarlison groggy away from the game.

A bad touch from Martial missed an opportunity and suggested extra time before Cavani sensually had other ideas.

Everton progressed but, after Olsen turned Marcus Rashford down, Martial had time and space to seal the deal.

What does it mean? Fourth chance for Solskjaer in the semi-final?

Solskjaer United’s reign continues to draw mixed reviews, in large part thanks to the semi-final heartbreak they suffered last season. Manchester City, Chelsea and Sevilla all advanced to the finals at their expense in the EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League in 2019-20. The Norwegian must now be convinced that he has the attacking firepower to take the next step.

The Cavani class shines through

A combination of poor transfer planning and desperation could have brought Cavani to Old Trafford before the deadline, but the 33-year-old wasted no time in showing why he has been one of the main strikers in European football over the past decade.

He fired six shots, four on target and one blocked in the 90 minutes, still looking for the United man most likely to find the breakthrough. As Mina can attest, Cavani’s combative side was also on display and his 10 contested duels were only matched by Nemanja Matic in the visitors list.

Everton let Calvert-Lewin feed on leftovers

For all of United’s prowess in front of goal on the road this season, they have often proven to be vulnerable defensively. He will therefore have frustrated Carlo Ancelotti to see Calvert-Lewin manage only 12 touches during the first half – less than any other outfield player. Full-time, he had 30 touches against 16 contested matches – summing up very well the conditions under which the Everton star striker was forced into this game.

England international Calvert-Lewin was on the outskirts for long stages and four scoreless matches is his longest drought of a campaign where he is 16 for club and country.

Key facts about Opta

– United have reached the semi-finals of the EFL Cup for the 16th time, second only to Liverpool (17) in the history of the competition.
– Everton failed to register a single shot on target in the second half, with Sigurdsson having 57 percent of their total attempts (four of seven).
– United are the first team to win at Everton twice in the same season since Chelsea in the 2007-08 campaign.
– This was United’s 14th consecutive away win in domestic competition, with the Red Devils last failing on the road in a non-European competition against Tottenham in June (1-1).

And after?

Third play second in the Premier League when United travel to Leicester City on Boxing Day, with Lower Sheffield United club entertaining Everton on the list of festive fixtures.

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