Manchester United’s last-gasp draw against Everton is a ‘BIG BLOW’ to their Premier League title hopes, insists Paul Scholes as he claims Paul Pogba’s withdrawal due to a thigh injury flipped the game on its head
- Manchester United threw away victory at Old Trafford in a 3-3 draw with Everton
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a 95th minute equaliser to hand Everton a point
- Paul Scholes says the result is ‘big blow’ to his former side’s title chances
- He added that losing Paul Pogba before half-time turned the game on it’s head
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says his former side’s agonising 3-3 draw with Everton is a ‘big blow’ to their Premier League title chances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed the chance to go level on points with Manchester City – who have a match in hand – after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a 95th minute equaliser for the Toffees.
Scholes felt that Paul Pogba coming off with an injury 39 minutes into the game, was the turning point for United to lose control in the second half.
Paul Scholes says Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Everton is a huge blow to their title hopes
Dominic Calvert-Lewin tapped in from a Lucas Digne free-kick to equalise for Everton late on
Scholes feels the injury to Paul Pogba, who came off after 39 minute, changed the game
He told Premier League Productions post-match: ‘That’s a big blow. If you’re talking about title hopes, it’s a big blow for them. Of course it is.
‘I just feel Paul Pogba going off was a big moment in the game. I thought they had complete control up to that point. Fred coming on, they lost control in the middle of the pitch.
‘[Andre] Gomes, Doucoure and [Tom] Davies really started to take control of the game and that was a big blow for United. Conceding a goal that late, it’s not a good look. Are they totally out of it?
‘It’s going to be difficult from now on I think. But they’ve got to keep going, they’ve got to keep fighting, they’ve got to keep believing.’
United looked like they were on their way to a comfortable victory with Edinson Cavani and a sensational strike from Bruno Fernandes giving them a 2-0 lead going into the break.
They threw away their two-goal advantage just seven minutes into the second half though goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez.
The United legend said his former side have had many ‘what if?’ moments at home this season
United re-took the lead after 70 minutes through Scott McTominay, but Calvert-Lewin took advantage of some weak defending to tap in from Lucas Digne free-kick, to give Everton a share of the spoils at the death.
While formidable on the road, Scholes feels that the Everton draw is just one of a number of ‘what if?’ moments in the title race at Old Trafford.
He added: ‘There was a lot of positive stuff in the game, of course there was, to get in the position they were in but they’ll be very disappointed.
‘And again it’s at home, dropping big games at home. I think they’ll get to the end of the season and think “what if?” because it’s so many stupid points they’ve dropped at home.
‘They’ve lost four games at home, now these stupid points they’ve dropped, Sheffield United last week, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, losing to an Arsenal team who are nowhere near the team they were.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed out on the chance to go level with leaders Manchester City
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