18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood saved Manchester United (M.U) a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford at 17 Premier League on December 15. In the other match, Tottenham under Jose Mourinho continued to fly high with a 2-1 victory at the Wolves field.
After two victories against the big boys Tottenham and rival Man City, M.U welcomed Everton at home to Old Trafford with a burning atmosphere despite playing in the rain. Meanwhile, despite having just revived by a Chelsea win under the guidance of interim coach Duncan Ferguson, Everton was no longer themselves in the previous seasons while trying to avoid the relegation group.
Entering the excitement, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s army easily controlled the game when the visitors took the initiative to play defensively. But ironically, this game is inherently not what Solskjaer wants because M.U is always really dangerous whenever the ball is lower than the opponent. The main evidence is the last 2 wins against Tottenham and Man City. So, in addition to a beautiful direct free-kick from Rashford, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save, the “Reds” attack almost stopped.
In front of the crowd, the speed of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard on the attack almost did not work effectively. In contrast, after being replaced by Marco Silva (who has just been fired), Duncan Ferguson has breathed new life and confidence for Everton. Not only playing fiercely in the defense, “The Toffees” constantly gave warning to M.U with many speedballs and the smooth coordination between Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Richarlison. The visitors’ effort brought a lucky goal thanks to an own goal from Victor Lindelof after a corner kick in the 35th minute.
The attacking plans of M.U are more and more difficult in the second half against opponents determined to preserve the score. The menacing situations of “Red Devils” only stop from outside the penalty area. This forced Solskjaer to adjust the line by launching the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood striker, who left many marks when given the opportunity to rub in the Europa League arena. The seemingly daring decision by the Norwegian military leader brought immediate effect when Greenwood scored a 1-1 equalizer for M.U in the 77th minute with a dangerous finish with his left foot.
One point in the match against Everton despite helping M.U (25 points) stomp in the 6th position, 4 points behind Chelsea (the team ranked 4th) but it will not satisfy Old Trafford’s fans. Because Solskjaer’s army not only showed a flurry of play but also missed the rush to jump to the top when it was going to be a breathtaking Christmas season against Watford, Newcastle, and Burnley.
In the match at the same time, Tottenham had the fourth victory in five matches in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho when beating host Wolves 2-1. The visitors soon took the lead in the eighth minute thanks to Lucas Moura, but Wolves proved why they were ranked above the opponent and had just won tickets to the round of 32 Europa League teams with an equalizer by Adama Traore.
However, when the match seemed to close with a 1-1 draw, Jan Vertonghen became the hero of the London team with a late minute goal to bring 3 points for Tottenham. This victory helped Spurs jump to the fifth position with 26 points to close Chelsea with 3 points less.