Manchester United's late, late, late show continues against Everton
For all of Manchester City's hype, Manchester United are right there alongside them in the table and they have the same goal difference to boot. On Sunday, they hosted Everton. It wasn't just Wayne Rooney's return (and he put in a really good shift despite his off-the-pitch issues, the least of which is the two-year ban for driving under the influence he received on Monday). It was also United's sternest test since the European Super Cup against Real Madrid.
Without Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho went for the oversized tandem of Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park. It worked ... to a point. Antonio Valencia's early pile-driver gifted them an early lead, though for much of the game Everton looked dangerous. Then, in what has been a regular them this season -- nine of their 16 league goals this year have come in the final 10 minutes -- they opened the floodgates at the end on their way to a 4-0 win.
It may be a quirk. It may be a coincidence. But there is little question that Mourinho would much rather wrap up games earlier rather than later.
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