Everton left to rue missed chances and refereeing injustice against fortunate United

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Unlike his countryman, Pogba started slowly but grew into the game and was fully into his stride by the time he tucked in United's penalty for the opener. The Red Devils had a number of chances to kill the game but failed to do so.

Everton can be definitely be aggrieved with the referee for having wrongly awarded United the penalty which made it 1-0.

As for apportioning credit for Martial's re-emergence, Mourinho added: "Well if when the players are playing bad it's my fault then when the players are playing well it's my responsibility!" Rashford did little to stake his claim ahead of the Belgian, however, as he was anonymous for most parts of the game, not being involved heavily despite putting the ball in from an offside position in the first half.

Pogba, whose converted a few penalties this season, did his customary run-up where he slowly jogs up to the spot before hitting the ball.

In the 76th minute, Everton were provided a lifeline in the match as Chris Smalling's rash challenge brought down Richarlison in the penalty area. Everton manager Marco Silva labelled Martial a diver.

"After we carried on and had other chances, most important thing was the win". I think the goalkeepers now know his run-up and they don't move, they are waiting until the last second for his decision.

On Friday afternoon, Mourinho admitted that Lukaku has been struggling for confidence, but he expects him to return to form soon enough.

The Frenchman took 11.5 seconds to convert the penalty for the first goal and some of his passing wasn't great.

A United free kick following a foul by Zouma on Rashford led to a cross from the left by Martial that saw a Mata header comfortably dealt with by Pickford.

The goal certainly helped the home side settle down and they appeared keen to keep pressure on the right side of the Everton defence with Martial and Pogba in particular.

"He is still very young and he is having more minutes". Everton, who drop to ninth, host Brighton.

Sigurdsson won a midfield duel with Matic, who was subsequently booked, to feed Coleman and the Icelander was quickly into te box to meet the resulting cross, but again the header was straight at De Gea.

This was a much better display from Fred as he passed the ball around well.

Lukaku had a number of chances to make the right run or pass but failed nearly every time.

The Man United fans haven't had too much to shout about of late under Jose Mourinho but they took to social media to express their delight at the way the team played in the first half, without their star striker.

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