Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out a title challenge this season after his side were held to a 3-3 draw with Everton at O
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out a title challenge this season after his side were held to a 3-3 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.
“We shouldn’t even be considered as title chasers, we have got better as a team and see where we end up. We need to stop conceding easy goals,” he said.
United raced into a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes.
But Everton shot out of the blocks in the second half and were level within seven minutes.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez netted for the visitors.
Scott McTominay thought he had won it for United late on when he headed home Fernandes’ free-kick.
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However, deep into added time Dominic Calvert-Lewin proded past David De Gea from close range to snatch a share of the spoils.
The draw means United missed the chance to go level with City at the top of the table.
It also allows Liverpool the opportunity to close the gap when they take on Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.
“We played some good football in the second half but conceded three goals from three shots on target,” Solskjaer added. “When you do that it is disappointing.
“We reacted well after their two goals but then why was there four minutes added in, we had to get the ball in the corner and see it out. Poor goals to concede.
“I wouldn’t blame anyone on the goals but we know we could have done better as a team on all of them.
“James and Richarlison caused a bit of bother for us before half-time but we did not deserve the 2-0 lead at half-time even though they were excellent goals. We should have seen it off and should have scored a fourth.
“Our front four caused them problems and played well, that is not the problem but it is a 3-3 game with two good attacks. Many more will have enjoyed that game than the Man United supporters.
“Results create the mood, the last kick of the ball makes us go home really disappointed, we have lost two points on a long thump upfield which we should have defended.”
Meanwhile, a delighted Carlo Ancelotti said: “I think we started well and were a little bit shy in the first half. After that the game was in control. We would not have deserved to lose. We had opportunities in counter-attacks in the first half but were not clinical.
“Manchester United are really strong in midfield. The idea was to put one more player in there. Rodriguez had a calf tight but he could play but not all the game. Hr scored a fantastic goal and I took him off to avoid problems.
“I am really proud. The spirit is really good. We have a good run in this moment. We have to keep this spirit high. We showed that at 3-2 we did not want to lose.”