Man Utd 1-1 Everton: Late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty saves point for hosts
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 05/04/17 8:56am
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against Everton on Tuesday.
Phil Jagielka edged the visitors ahead with a brilliantly improvised finish on 22 minutes before United piled on the pressure in the second half.
Ibrahimovic had a header controversially ruled out for offside before scoring from the spot in the 94th minute after Ashley Williams was sent off for deliberately handling Luke Shaw's goal-bound shot.
The hosts endured another hugely frustrating night at Old Trafford, striking the woodwork twice and squandering a number of chances.
Jose Mourinho's side have now drawn their last three home league matches, scoring just two goals in the process.
The result keeps them fifth but means they miss the chance to put pressure on fourth-place Manchester City, who face Chelsea on Wednesday.
Everton, much improved from their Merseyside derby defeat, remain seventh and sit level with Arsenal on 51 points, although Arsene Wenger's side have three games in hand.
Having been held scoreless against West Brom, United hoped Ibrahimovic's return from suspension would alleviate their troubles in front of goal.
But the striker looked a little rusty when wasting the first chance of the game, allowing Williams to recover and block his left-foot strike.
Kevin Mirallas, one of two Everton changes from Saturday's Anfield loss, looked bright alongside Romelu Lukaku and forced the corner that led to their opener.
Williams' looping header kept the ball alive and Jagielka held off Marcos Rojo to turn past David de Gea with the outside of his foot.
The goal stung United into action and they twice went close before half-time.
It was Ander Herrera on both occasions as the Spaniard, returning from a two-match ban, first struck the crossbar from close range after Joel Robles saved Daley Blind's free-kick.
Herrera forced the Everton goalkeeper into another excellent stop with his second effort, a 25-yard drive that was expertly tipped wide.
Mourinho called on Paul Pogba at the break but the Frenchman's arrival initially did little to change United's attacking fortunes.
His header came off the woodwork 10 minutes into the second half as Everton dug in and played on the counter-attack.
Ibrahimovic thought he had levelled when his header squirmed under Robles but a marginal decision went Everton's way, serving to increase the sense of frustration among the home support.
Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo each wasted chances for United as time ticked away before Williams, excellent for much of the game, conceded a late penalty.
Shaw, whose attitude was questioned by Mourinho earlier this week, was lively upon replacing the injured Ashley Young and it was his effort that forced the spot-kick.
Williams dived low to handball Shaw's right-foot strike, earning a red card and giving Ibrahimovic the chance to extend United's unbeaten league run to 20 games.
Man Utd: De Gea (6), Young (7), Bailly (7), Rojo (7), Blind (6), Carrick (7), Fellaini (6), Lingard (6), Herrera (6), Rashford (7), Ibrahimovic (7)
Subs used: Shaw (7), Pogba (7), Mkhitaryan (6)
Everton: Robles (7), Baines (8), Jagielka (8), Williams (7), Holgate (8), Barry (8), Davies (7), Gueye (8), Barkley (7), Mirallas (7), Lukaku (7)
Subs used: Calvert-Lewin (6), Pennington (6)
Man of the match: Mason Holgate