Talking Points: Everton 1 United 2

Sunday 09 October 2022 20:55

It was a certainly a tough battle at Goodison Park, but the Reds fought hard throughout the 90 minutes to earn three vital points thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s landmark winner.

The hosts had opened the scoring after just five minutes through Alexander Iwobi, but Antony got us level with his third league goal in three games, before Ronaldo did what Ronaldo does best and fired a well-taken winner on the stroke of half-time to make it 700 club career goals.

A Marcus Rashford goal was ruled out for handball late on, but before and after that there were plenty of talking points during a high-octane contest. We've rounded up the key topics below...

700 up for Ronny

He’s broken virtually every scoring record going and our no.7 has now hit the incredible 700 club goals mark. His strike at Goodison means the 37-year-old has now netted 144 goals in total for the Reds, in 340 appearances across his two spells for the club. He’s now scored more club goals than anyone else in the history of football and nine more than the next highest – Lionel Messi. Viva Ronaldo!

Everton 1 United 2


The Reds come from behind to deservedly claim all three Premier League points on Merseyside.

Antony scores again

It wasn’t just Ronaldo setting records on Merseyside. Our other goalscorer on the night, Antony, completed his own mini-milestone by becoming the first-ever United player to score in his first three Premier League games. A neat finish on 15 minutes followed his excellent strikes against Arsenal (on debut) and in the Manchester derby last Sunday. Same again next Sunday, please, Ant!

Mixed emotions for Tony

He’s come off the bench twice in the last week to score three goals in two games, but this was a first start of the season for Anthony Martial, which was great to see after injuries had hampered his campaign following an excellent pre-season. Unfortunately this match ultimately ended in frustration, despite such a promising start. Martial had looked lively through the opening half an hour, before an injury recurrence forced him off, and it was the Frenchman who set up his namesake to fire our equaliser on 15 minutes. Hopefully we’ll see him back in action again soon.

200 up for Victor

It was certainly a night for landmarks on Merseyside, with Victor Lindelof another player to reach an impressive total. In the defender’s case he celebrated 200 United appearances and he did it in the best possible way by helping the Reds to a vital victory. It’s just over five years since the Sweden captain made his Reds debut, back in August 2017, and while he’d have preferred to have enjoyed a clean sheet, he, and all of us, will take the three points every time! Congrats, Victor.

Casemiro on the case

It’s fair to say Casemiro will have been frustrated at the tackle which robbed him of possession in the lead-up to Everton’s opener, but the Brazilian was certainly on the case to help us get back into the game as quickly as possible. And after Antony had fired us level, it was our no.18 who won possession and slotted a superb pass forward for Ronaldo to net his 700th club career goal and, most importantly, our winner.

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Solid Shaw

He earned praise from his manager after coming on in both the derby defeat and the win over Omonia and Luke Shaw was back in a starting berth at Goodison on Sunday and put in a really solid display down the left. The England international, ably covered by Marcus Rashford (as is often the case), kept the Everton attackers at bay down his side and he was there to offer support in attack, particularly in the second half. A really good 90 minutes for Luke, which he’ll be hoping to build on further.