Old Trafford, Manchester, England
90’+3′ Williams Sent Off
90’+4′ Ibrahimović (P)
Manchester United prevented Everton from leapfrogging them into fifth in the Premier League as a late-minute penalty from Zalatan Ibrahimović earned José Mourinho’s men a 1-1 draw against Ronald Koeman’s Toffees at Old Trafford.
A fine acrobatic effort from Phil Jagielka put the visitors ahead before Ibrahimović’s late penalty salvaged a point for the Red Devils after substitute Luke Shaw’s goal-bound effort was blocked by the arm of Ashley Williams, who saw red.
The hosts started well and had a good chance to take the lead in the fourth minute when Ibrahimović was played through on-goal, the Swede got the better of Mason Holgate and looked set to make the net bulge, but the recovering-Williams made a fine challenge to block the effort.
The hosts went close in the 15th minute when Marcus Rashford was played through on-goal, the youngster had just Joel Robles to beat but the keeper brilliantly palmed the ball wide, although the flag was already up for offside.
Five minutes later the Toffees went close when Gareth Barry found Kevin Mirallas with a fine lofted pass and the Belgian controlled the ball on his chest before firing an effort that David De Gea was forced to put behind at his near-post. The visitors took the lead from the resulting-corner, which was flicked-on by Williams to Jagielka, who wonderfully managed to shrug off Marcos Rojo and volley home acrobatically through the legs of De Gea.
In the 29th minute the Red Devils very nearly drew level when Ander Herrera fired an effort against the crossbar after Robles made a brilliant save to deny Daley Blind’s freekick.
Nine minutes later the hosts went close again when Herrera fired a powerful effort at-goal from-range but Robles brilliantly palmed the ball behind.
On the stroke of half-time United had a good chance to draw level when Rashford was played through on-goal, the youngster looked set to pull the trigger but Jagielka made a fine last-ditch challenge to deny him.
In the 54th minute Manchester United very nearly drew level when Ashley Young’s delivery from a freekick was met by substitute Paul Pogba with header but his effort came back off the bar.
In the 70th minute the hosts thought they were level when Herrera’s pin-point delivery found Ibrahimović, who did well to get ahead of his man and head the ball home past Robles but the flag was up as the Swede was marginally offside.
Two minutes later United had a good chance when Robles punched a cross-field pass from Pogba into the path of Marouane Fellaini but the Belgian fired the loose ball over the bar under-pressure from Barry.
In the 88th minute the hosts went close when Jesse Lingard sent a teasing delivery into the path of Ibrahimović, who headed the ball just over the bar under-pressure from Williams.
With time running out for Mourinho’s men, the hosts were given a lifeline. In the third of four additional minutes, referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot after substitute Shaw’s effort at-goal struck the arm of Williams, who denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity and received a straight red card for his actions.
Ibrahimović stepped-up to fire the resulting-spot-kick home, sending Robles the wrong way in the process.
The result meant that Manchester United remained in fifth on 54 points, while Everton remained in seventh on 51 points.