Five talking points from the game
1 How exactly has Marcos Rojo not yet been sent off in his Manchester United career?
The only reason surely is he simply hasn’t played very much.His two-footed tackle here changed the course of the game, and was the pivotal moment in the contest.
2 How do officials get it so wrong?
It’s no use arguing that referee Michael Oliver didn’t see the defender’s horrible challenge on Idrissa Gueye, because he saw enough to brandish a yellow card. He bottled it pure and simple. Even then, surely a linesman should have seen how far off the ground Rojo was? Something is seriously wrong with Premier League officials at the moment.
3 How did Ramiro Funes Mori not read the ball bouncing even after Zlatan had lobbed goalwards?
Had the Everton defender not given up on the goal, he would have cleared from the line. That wasn’t his only mistake though. How does he get turned by someone as slow as Ibrahimovic in the first place.That is shocking defending.
4 How can sides who spent so much money in the summer be so ordinary?
They splashed a combined £200m in the summer, and yet this contest showed beyond doubt both teams are barely above the level of mid-table mediocrity, and undoubtedly a distance behind the current top five.
5 How did United not take victory?
They do at least have a touch more quality than their Merseyside rivals, which is why they edged the game…if not the points. In Ander Herrera they had the game’s one consistently excellent performer and, no matter his for]m in the past few months Anthony Martial has found a workrate to match his ability. Zlatan of course, can score goals, even if his legs are shot.