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Manchester United 1-1 Everton: Ibrahimović rescues last-gasp draw at Old Trafford

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Zlatan Ibrahimović earned United a draw in stoppage time at the end of Tuesday’s encounter with Everton.

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

They left it late, but Manchester United rescued a 1-1 draw with Everton in the fourth minute of stoppage time on Tuesday. Phil Jagielka gave the Toffees the lead midway through the first half, with Zlatan Ibrahimović netting the equaliser from the penalty spot seconds before the final whistle. The point was the least United deserved, but their frustrating home run goes on: they’ve won just one league game at Old Trafford since the turn of the year.

United looked the more dangerous of the two teams in the game’s first few minutes, during which Everton relied on a last-ditch intervention from Ashley Williams to thwart Ibrahimović. However, the hosts failed to build on their early promise, and gradually the Toffees seized control.

Midway through the first half Kevin Mirallas drew the first save from David de Gea, with the ensuing corner proving decisive. The delivery was flicked on by Williams and in by Jagielka, who managed to hook the ball into the back of the net despite strong pressure from Marcos Rojo. It was an impressive show of technique — or perhaps blind luck — from the former England international, and the visitors had the lead.

It took a while, but gradually United managed to crank up the pressure. Long-range efforts from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera both forced good saves from Everton shot-stopper Joel Robles, with the latter also smashing a rebound against the crossbar from point-blank range. With just over five minutes of the half left, Ashley Young whipped a lethal low ball across the Everton goalmouth, though no one was there to tap in.

Mourinho elected to throw Paul Pogba on for Daley Blind at halftime, with Herrera shuffling across to full-back. The move almost paid swift dividends, though the Frenchman had to watch his powerful header crack back off the crossbar on a Young free-kick.

The clock ticked on and the game opened out, but still United couldn’t find an opening. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw were introduced in place of Michael Carrick and Ashley Young with 25 minutes remaining, as Mourinho rolled the dice a final time.

Ibrahimović thought he'd netted an all-important equaliser five minutes later, though he was adjudged to have been in an offside position when heading a Herrera cross home. It was about as tight a decision as you can imagine — and replays seemed to suggest the striker was, in fact, just in front of the last defender.

It took until the fourth minute of stoppage time, but eventually United did deservedly draw level. A desperate Williams blocked a Shaw effort with his arm, earning himself a (very slightly) premature bath, and handing United a last-gasp penalty. Ibrahimović stepped up to score from the spot, and rescue a point for United with almost the final kick of the game.