Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lashed out at the Premier League ’ s scheduling after Manchester United fought back to beat Everton 3 – 1 on Saturday, saying his struggling team were “ set up to fail ” .
Man – of- the – match Bruno Fernandes scored twice after Bernard had given Everton the lead , before Edinson Cavani opened his account for United , easing the pressure on the beleaguered United boss .
United started the match at Goodison Park a lowly 15 th in the Premier League table , smarting after defeat to Arsenal and an embarrassing loss to Istanbul Basaksehir .
A visibly angry Solskjaer praised his players after the match but fired a broadside at league bosses for scheduling United ’ s match early on Saturday after their midweek Champions League commitments.
“ We were set up to fail , ” the Norwegian told BT Sport .
“ The kick – off time set us up to fail . We have been to Turkey , played loads of games this season already , we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime , it ’ s an absolute shambles.
“ These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it . It ’ s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling .
“ The authorities set us up to fail , who is responsible ? We ’ ve had enough of that . Players this season , in these times , a pandemic , mentally and physically it ’ s draining . Let us play on a Sunday, there ’ s an international break after this , it ’ s a joke . ”
– Away form –
The victory at the home of Carlo Ancelotti ’ s early – season pacesetters was United ’ s seventh straight Premier League away win.
Their form on the road contrasts sharply with their struggles at Old Trafford, where they have not won a single league game so far this season .
Bernard put Everton ahead in the 19 th minute . The ball fell to the Brazilian after a long Jordan Pickford punt upfield.
He shuffled the ball onto his right foot , beating Aaron Wan – Bissaka, before driving a shot past David de Gea at his near post .
United ’ s heads could have dropped but they were level six minutes later when Fernandes, given far too much space in the box , headed a Shaw cross into the top corner past Pickford.
Lucas Digne had a chance to put Everton back in front as the game opened up but smashed his shot against the outside of De Gea ’ s near post from a tight angle .
United , now playing with far more zip and purpose, were ahead in the 32 nd minute . Rashford collected the ball before feeding Fernandes on the left of the box .feedingThe Portuguese , thriving in the absence of Paul Pogba , who was left on the bench , curled over a cross for Rashford, who failed to connect with his attempted header but the ball crept in off the far post .
Everton dominated possession in the early stages of the second half but United ’ s defence, marshalled by the impressive Harry Maguire , was largely untroubled.
United had a shout for a penalty on the hour mark after a clumsy Pickford challenge on Maguire but Everton escaped .
Solskjaer brought on Pogba and Cavani with eight minutes to go and the Uruguayan scored his first goal for United deep into stoppage time from Fernandes’ s unselfish pass , lifting United to 13 th in the table ahead of the international break .
Everton, who topped the Premier League table earlier this season , have now suffered three consecutive league defeats .
“ I hope that after the international break we will back in a different shape, ” said Ancelotti . “ It is not only a problem of the defenders, it is all of the team .
“ I know how to manage difficulties , every year you have them . We can start again after the break , we are really bad at the moment but we started well . ”
Frank Lampard ’ s Chelsea have the chance to climb to third in the table if they beat Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge later Saturday.
Elsewhere , Crystal Palace host Leeds and West Ham welcome Fulham to the London Stadium .
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