Pressure on Solskjaer eases as Utd beat Everton

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer avoided a third defeat this week as his side beat Everton 3-1 on Saturday, easing questions over his leadership.

It looked to be another bad day at the office for United after back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir during the week when Everton opened the scoring through Bernard. However, United rallied with Bruno Fernandes finding the net twice and Edinson Cavani getting his first United goal to secure a win.

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The victory comes at a crucial time for Solskjaer who maintains the support of the United board for now but is on thin ice, according to ESPN sources.

Both sides had their chances in the opening 20 minutes but it was Bernard who broke the deadlock on 19 minutes after a long pass from Jordan Pickford was flicked on to him by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Bernard shuffled around Aaron Wan-Bissaka before directing a right-footed shot into the corer of David De Gea‘s net.

However, their lead only lasted six minutes as United picked up the pace. Luke Shaw sent a cross into the box and Fernandes headed it home.

The Portugal international found the net again on 32 minutes when his cross into the box rebounded off the post and into the goal.

Initially, it appeared that Marcus Rashford had got a touch to the ball to guide it in but replays showed that all the plaudits should go to Fernandes.

United had a penalty shout on the hour mark when Pickford missed the ball and kicked Harry Maguire. However, VAR adjudicated that there was no foul.

The introduction of Alex Iwobi appeared to give Everton an injection and they enjoyed their most successful spell in the final 15 minutes but couldn’t translate the pressure into a goal.

Cavani secured the win in the 94th minute with a counterattack and his first United goal.