Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has reacted to Manchester United’s draw with Everton on Sunday, labelling Leighton Baines’ late equaliser as a massive blow for Jose Mourinho‘s men.
Man United looked on course for an important away win after following up Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s 42nd minute goal with a confident second half performance.
And then, almost out of nowhere, Marouane Fellaini – brought on just four minutes earlier – felled Idrissa Gueye in the box to hand Baines with a chance to convert from the spot in the 89th minute.
Carragher, speaking after the game, labelled the 29-year-old as stupid and noted the significance of failing to hold on to a lead once again.
“It’s a massive blow, and it’s not a one-off. It’s happened a lot this season, it feels,” he said.
“I was watching that today and thinking that United haven’t played as well as they have done in recent weeks it felt more like a ‘Mourinho’ performance. They were clinical at both ends so this is a massive blow.
“The reason he brought Fellaini on was as protection for that back four… and he just does something stupid like that.”
This was, as Carragher himself notes, a notably Mourinho-eqsue performance. Not necessarily pretty, but very effective. United looked on course for a quintessential 0-1 away win under 53-year-old: scrappy, provocative, and remarkably assured. But then – well, we all know what happened next.
Being positive after such heartbreak is understandably difficult, but United fans should recognise that this was a remarkably sturdy, compact performance from their side. Mourinho’s men have struggled to show much steel this season (both in attack and defence); this, however, was a performance hallmarked by mental fortitude.
One man may have ruined United’s day with a moment of stupidity, but that shouldn’t devalue the hard work put in by Mourinho’s men at Goodison Park.