Manchester United’s first home match of the season against Everton ended in a 3-1 defeat at the J. Davidson Stadium in Altrincham.
Callum Gribbin opened the scoring for the Reds with a free-kick before Everton equalised from the penalty spot through Nathan Broadhead. Daniel Bramall and Michael Donohue scored in the opening five minutes of the second half to give Everton the lead and that was sufficient to secure the victory.
DJ Buffonge, who is on trial from Fulham, retained his spot in the starting XI while Thomas Sang who played against West Brom last week was replaced by Tyler Reid. George Dorrington came in for Oliver Byrne.
The game started at a decent tempo with both sides playing good football and probing the other team. Buffonge saw a shot saved by the keeper, minutes before a penalty claim was turned down. The trialist had linked up well with Marcus Rashford. The striker had backheeled to Buffonge in the penalty area before he was brought down, however the referee waved for play to continue.
Moments later, Buffonge was fouled again but this time outside the area. A free-kick was awarded, 20 yards out which Gribbin stepped up to take. Despite getting a hand to it, Ciaran O’Loughlin couldn’t prevent Gribbin’s set piece which gave United the lead in the 22nd minute.
Everton got back on level terms in the first half after Jimmy Dunne committed a foul in a penalty area. Dunne was booked for the tackle and Broadhead took the penalty kick from which he mad no mistake.
Everton started the second half brightly and scored twice in the opening five minutes to give them a two goal cushion. Poor defending from United saw a ball in behind the defence and Bramall scored having gone one-on-one with Dorrington.
Minutes later Everton extended their lead with Michael Donohue went on a 60-yard run unchallenged before slooting a cultured finish into the back of the net.
Everton were mostly content to keep possession and looked comfortable for most of the second half and there weren’t many opportunities for United.
Zach Dearnley had a couple of attempts but his long range effort from the left side of the pitch when he spotted O’Loughlin off his line was always rising over the crossbar.
Everton could have had a fourth when Nathan Holland hit the woodwork. The rebound fell to Broadhead in the six yard box but Dorrington made a fantastic block to prevent the goal.
United’s next game will be at the J. Davidson Stadium on Friday 21 August against Derby County. Kick-off at 19.00 and entry is free.
Manchester United: Dorrington, Reid, Williams (c), Dunne (Scott 54′), Hamilton, Dearnley, Kehinde (Kenyon 74′), Whelan, Buffonge (trialist) (Warren 74′), Gribbin, Rashford.
Unused Substitutes: Byrne, Diedrick-Roberts.
Everton: O’Loughlin, Yates, Bainbridge, Yarney, Mellen, Donohue, Baningime, Kiersey, Bramall (Morris 73′), Holland (Lees 86′), Broadhead.
Unused Substitutes: Pierce, Feeney, Myers.
Goal(s): Broadhead (p), Bramall, Donohue.