By David Awopetu
Manchester United were dramatically held 3-3 by Everton in another high-scoring Old Trafford affair but this time it was a nail-biting draw as the visitors snatched an injury-time equaliser.
The 9-0 demolition of Southampton in midweek was a one-way hammering but this was a see-saw spectacle.
United were 2-0 up and comfortable at half-time thanks to a header by Edinson Cavani and a beautiful strike from Bruno Fernandes.
But Everton hit back with two early second-half strikes from Abdoulaye Doucore and James Rodriguez.
Scott McTominay looked to have secured a Premier League three points with 20 minutes to go but with seconds left, Dominic Calvert-Lewin stabbed home a leveller to ruin the evening for the Reds.
United are now two points behind league leaders City and have also played two games more than their neighbours.
Speaking about the situation at the top of the table, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “We’re not talking about winning titles.
“We’ve come a long way. We shouldn’t be considered as title chasers. That’s one for you [media]. We’ve got better as a team – let’s see where we end up.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side only had themselves to blame for failing to secure maximum points. Excellent first-half efforts from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes should have been the prelude to a comfortable second period.
But goalkeeper David de Gea’s mistake gifted Abdoulaye Doucoure a goal four minutes after the restart and, on the visitors’ next attack, James Rodriguez rifled home the equaliser before McTominay’s header was cancelled out by Calvert-Lewin’s late intervention.