Everton put in a solid defensive shift shorn of their biggest stars at Old Trafford, and despite falling behind to Manchester United just before halftime, found a way to claw back into the game and indeed could have won all three points late on.
Speaking after the game, the Toffees goalscorer Andros Townsend was asked if he was satisfied with just a point.
“Yes and no. Going into the game with the injuries we had we would have accepted a point but when you go to OT and create the chances we had and the one that was offside in the last few minutes, yes we’re delighted but on another day it could have been three points.”
Townsend celebrated his goal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s “Siiiuuuu” celebration, to the amusement of many considering the legendary striker was on the pitch as well.
“You know what, no disrespect. This guy is my idol, I grew up watching Cristiano Ronaldo, I spent hours on the training pitch trying to execute his techniques, maybe I should have spent a bit longer on the celebration because it wasn’t good execution, but it was a bit or respect to Cristiano, an honour to be on the same field as him.”
Andros Townsend does the Siiuuuuuu at Old Trafford!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2021
He enjoys a goal in Manchester! A wonderful flowing move! pic.twitter.com/8DYwq0GdY1
Speaking about the goal itself, Townsend complimented his teammates Demarai Gray anf Abdoulaye Doucoure who have been in similar sparkling form as well.
“It was amazing. Dimi doing what Dimi does best, on the counter used his pace and power. And then as soon as Dukes got it I know with the quality and vision he has had all season that if I kept up with him he would put it in my path and thankfully on this occasion I managed to keep my composure and put it in the bottom corner.”
On his 5 goals in 9 games for the Blues this season, does he have the goal touch back?
“You say back? I’ve never had it! It’s something that obviously I’ve said many times before it’s been tough for me to analyse why I am not scoring on a more consistent basis. With the quality I have with both feet.
“I am working on it on the training field with a manager who demands the very best. He got the best out of me when I was at Newcastle and seems to be getting the best out of me at the minute and if I keep working and listening to the manager I can keep getting on the scoresheet.”
On Rafa Benitez and what’s different this season at Everton.
“It’s just non-stop, he just wants to improve. If I score in the top corner he tells me I need to put it in the bottom corner, if I cross out wide then he tells me I need to come into the pocket, he never gives you a pat on the back because he always wants more. He knows the quality we have in the dressing room and thinks there is a higher ceiling to reach and I love that sort of technique.
“i am repaying his faith at the minute and long may it continue.”