Andros Townsend cheekily channelled Cristiano Ronaldo as Everton hit back at an expectant Old Trafford to earn a 1-1 draw with Manchester United and maintain the scrutiny on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer’s gamble to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench appeared to have paid off when Anthony Martial netted his first Premier League goal in eight months just before the break.
The midweek matchwinner against Villarreal did make his 200th Premier League appearance in the second half but Everton were instead level eight minutes later (58) as Townsend finished a blistering breakaway from a United corner – and then mimicked Ronaldo’s trademark celebration.
This time there were no shirt-peeling late heroics from the milestone man but drama at the other end as Yerry Mina tapped in five minutes from time to seal what looked like a wild away win until a VAR check confirmed him offside.
United fans could fleetingly celebrate the decision but frustration ultimately reigned once more, the chance missed to go top of the table for a few hours at least but the context one of wider questions and enduring frailties after just two wins in six games and a formidable run of fixtures on the horizon.