Full time Thoughts - Everton better in the second half, but still not good enough. Slipped to a third straight defeat against an average United side that were stuttering before today. Still lots for Ancelotti to do here.
90+5’ - Doucoure misses the ball completely from a goalmouth melee, and United break the other way. Four United players on two defenders, and Cavani slots home at the near post from a Fernandes pass, Pickford no chance. 3-1 the final score, Everton lose for the third consecutive game.
90+2’ - Rashford milking the clock after being bowled over by Digne.
90’ - There will be four minutes of time added on here. Again Everton are unable to sustain any possession in the other half.
Doucoure has a chance on the edge of the box from a Coleman cutback, hoofs it way over.
86’ - It’s all snippy now on the pitch. Fred has been booked, as have Tosun and Doucoure. United happy to let the game peter out like this while Everton are missing a creative spark up front.
82’ - United have used all three subs now, with Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe on for Martial, Mata and Shaw.
79’ - DCL wins a corner off Maguire. Taken short, same result, cleared.
James is coming off, and Cenk Tosun coming on. James won a corner before he left, but it was too deep from Digne and cleared.
74’- Delightful cross from Iwobi on the right and Maguire heads it away with DCL just behind him.
Iwobi now wins a corner on the right. James takes, and it’s another corner. Cleared, Bernard volleys it from the edge of the box and into Row Z with it.
72’ - Rashford alone in on goal behind the backline, Pickford comes off his line in a dash and saves well. Not offside apparently.
65’ - Luke Shaw has consistently had the better of Coleman today and wins a corner that is cleared away.
Everton’s first change is Alex Iwobi, on for Sigurdsson. Will he go out wide and James come into the middle? Yes, yes he has.
62’ - Maguire now smashes into Digne after the whistle has gone for a DCL offside. Missed the ball and went studs up on the Frenchman. Shades of Pickford on Virgil van Dijk here as that foul was after play was called. Michael Oliver is VAR today, and sees nothing wrong with it as a red card offence, which is the only thing it can be reviewed.
60’ - Sig with an unceremonious shove on Fernandes wins United a freekick. Mata curls it in, Pickford spills it again! Maguire gets to it first but knees it over before he is clattered by Keane and Pickford. VAR check for penalty, and a sigh of relief as it’s not given. Whew.
58’ - Coleman with a lovely weaving run through the middle and gets to the box and runs out of gas. Spurned a couple of openings to shoot and the chance was wasted in the end.
55’ - Everton have had more possession in the second half and passing it around with intent too, but nothing has come of it yet.
49’ - DCL wins a freekick off AWB on the left side. The sun will be in De Gea’s eyes as the ball is lofted in from Sigurdsson, low and cleared easily.
Fernandes slides in late on Sig and fouls him, gets a yellow card that he theatrically disagrees with.
48’ - Everton’s quick play that was a mark of the side early this season has completely disappeared, and now we’re just last season’s team again with some new players.
46’ - The second half is underway and Everton are passing the ball well but unable to make any real inroads.
Halftime Thoughts - Once again, the defence is looking very suspect, and they’re not being helped by the midfield. Poor communication all around, and still a distinct lack of leadership in this Everton side. Hard to see how the Blues get another goal here, without conceding more. That whole top of the league mystique has well and truly evaporated, and without Richarlison, the Blues have been found out and stripped bare.
45+4’ - Allan late with a tackle and lunges in on Fred, yellow card for him.
45+2’ - DCL wins a freekick off Fred. Sigurdsson into the box, no Blue shirts get to it and it’s cleared away.
44’ - Keane and Martial in an ugly aerial clash, with the Frenchman coming off the worse for the wear. There will be four minutes added on.
40’ - Everton’s defence needs some fixing and Carlo Ancelotti is going to be tearing his hair out wondering what he has to do here. That’s five straight games now conceding two goals.
34’ - Holgate now goes into the book for an untidy sliding challenge. Everton look shambolic in defence, no one’s picking anyone up, United are rotating their players around and the Blues have no idea what they’re doing.
32’ - Oof, awful goal to concede. Rashford is in the middle, Allan doesn’t cover him and he can find Fernandes out wide. The cross back into the box is at Rashford and he is completely unmarked between Keane and Holgate who again lose a man. Rashford doesn’t actually touch it and it curls in off the far post for Fernandes. 2-1 United, Everton looking very shaky.
31’ - Keane grapples with Fernandes and wins the ball, but the midfielder goes down theatrically and wins a freekick in a dangerous area. Fernandes skims it low at Pickford and it bounces awkwardly but the goalie gathers.
28’ - It had been all United after Everton scored, Ancelotti will be displeased how quickly they conceded. Once again, no clean sheet for the Blues since the opener now.
Oooh chance again! Digne this time in space and decides to slam a shot with his left foot from a tight angle instead of centering, and it goes off the outside of the post, high with De Gea going low.
25’ - It’s 1-1 just like that, an unmarked Fernandes with an excellent header into the far corner that Pickford can do nothing about. Shaw beat Coleman for his cross, and the Portuguese midfielder ghosted in from the edge of the box to hammer that home.
19’ - GOAL! Bernard justifies his spot in the side replacing Richarlison. Pickford with a long kick, DCL cushions his header onto Bernard’s right foot, and he makes like he’s shooting at the far corner but cuts it inside through AWB’s legs, and it’s past David De Gea’s despairing reach.
15’ - Bruno Fernandes wins a corner off Sigurdsson. It’s not cleared well and returned to the box, and Anthony Martial is left wide open to bring it down and fire. Everton are lucky he misses the target because he was on side.
Now a shot from outside the box loops just over the bar, Pickford scrambled there to make sure he had it covered.
8’ - Lucas Digne wins the first corner of the game off Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Gylfi Sigurdsson curls it goalwards, cleared away.
Another chance now as Seamus Coleman is open in the box, but is unable to find DCL with a cross when a shot was a possibility.
7’ - Chance! Bernard cuts in and curls a ball into the box, Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets his head to it and it goes over the bar.
5’ - United are looking confident on the ball, passing it around comfortably while closing space down for Everton when they have it.
4’ - Luke Shaw is getting plenty of space in the Everton half with James yet to do anything with the ball.
1’ - We’re underway at Goodison Park now.
Ancelotti decides Mason Holgate is ready to return, as are Jordan Pickford and James Rodriguez.
For United, OGS names pretty much his strongest side.
After a draw in the Merseyside Derby and then two consecutive losses against Southampton and Newcastle United, Carlo Ancelotti is going to be eager to finally put to bed the record that the Blues are yet to win a game without Richarlison since the Brazilian forward joined the club.
United meanwhile have their own woes with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer coming off two successive defeats of his own, and his seat getting hotter by the minute with rumours continuing to spread that Mauricio Pochettino is standing by to take over at Old Trafford.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 8
Date and start time: Saturday, November 7th at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
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The Blues fought United to a pair of 1-1 draws last season. The first was that momentous game with Duncan Ferguson in charge as the Blues reverted to a 4-4-2 and gave their hosts plenty of grief at Old Trafford.
The second game at Goodison was a controversial one on many counts with the Toffees getting a late winner via Dominic Calvert-Lewin that was weakly disallowed because Gylfi Sigurdsson had been fouled and was sitting on the ground in front of David de Gea.
Carlo this week expressed sympathy for Solksjaer, but more than anything else wants three points before his Toffees lose more ground at the top of the table than the fifth position they have slipped into.