Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United returned to victories after reports that Old Trafford’s legacy has already put in place his successor.
The club had reportedly turned to former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Solskjaer.
The Norwegian had the last chance to face Everton after his stunned encounter with Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League and his team reacted to the Merseyside side with a 3-1 win.
The man of the game, Bruno Fernandes, scored twice after Bernard Everton gave the lead before Edinson Cavani opened his account for United and eased pressure on the beleaguered United boss.
United started the game at Goodison Park with a low 15th place on the Premier League table. After a loss to Arsenal and an embarrassing loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, United were successful.
A visibly angry Solskjaer praised his players after the game but shot a broadside against the league bosses for planning United’s game early Saturday after their midweek Champions League commitments.
“We were doomed to fail,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.
“The kick-off time made us fail. We have been to Turkey, have played a lot of games this season, came back on Thursday morning and play Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute mess. ”
The preseason win in the home of Carlo Ancelotti’s pacemakers was the seventh consecutive away win in United’s Premier League.
Their form on the road is in stark contrast to their fights at Old Trafford, where they haven’t won a league game this season.
Bernard gave Everton the lead in the 19th minute. The ball fell to the Brazilian after a long field from Jordan Pickford.
He shuffled the ball on his right foot and hit Aaron Wan-Bissaka before running a shot past David de Gea at his near post.
United’s heads could have fallen but they were level six minutes later when Fernandes, with way too much space in the box, headed a Shaw cross into the top corner behind Pickford.
In the absence of seeded Paul Pogba, Fernandes blossomed and took his second when the England international missed an intended cross for Marcus Rashford and the ball crept off the far post.
Everton dominated possession early in the second half but United’s defense, led by the formidable Harry Maguire, was largely undisturbed.
Solskjaer gave Pogba and Cavani the lead with eight minutes remaining, and the Uruguayan scored his first United goal in stoppage time from Fernandes’ selfless pass, putting United in 13th place ahead of the international break.
Everton, who topped the Premier League earlier this season, have now suffered three straight defeats.
“I hope we’ll be in a different shape after the international break,” said Ancelotti. “It’s not just a defender’s problem, it’s the whole team.
“I know how to deal with difficulties, you have them every year. We can start again after the break, we’re really bad at the moment, but we started well. ”
Leeds’ good start to their first top season after 16 years of absence also faded quickly when they conceded four goals for the second time in a week at Crystal Palace.
The Eagles had only scored eight goals in their first eight games of the season, but took advantage of Leeds’ generosity behind the scenes when Scott Dann headed out of Eberechi Eze’s corner to open the standings.
Visitors were denied an immediate response from the most recent VAR review for offside, causing dismay after Patrick Bamford’s strike was ruled out after his upper arm was classified as offside.
Eze then rolled his first Palace goal home from a brilliant free kick before Bamford gave Leeds to life with his seventh goal of the season.
But Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier reacted too slowly to prevent Helder Costa from deflecting Patrick van Aanholt’s cross into his own net before the break.
In a third defeat in four games, Marcelo Bielsa’s men slip to 14th place behind Manchester United.
Chelsea came to a point ahead of the Premier League summit with a 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday as Frank Lampard’s good form of the blues continued.
After a dazzling start to the campaign, Chelsea’s £ 220m ($ 398m) investment in the transfer window is beginning to bear fruit as they have moved up to third in all competitions for the fourth straight year.
Three of the signings, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner, scored one goal while another Hakim Ziyech won the man of the game with two assists.
Sheffield United remain rooted at the bottom of the table this season without a win, and just like the Liverpool loss two weeks ago, they couldn’t build on a dream start from David McGoldrick’s opener.
A cleverly worked corner surprised Chelsea when George Baldock’s cross was shot into goal by Sander Berge and McGoldrick shot the ball past Edouard Mendy.
That was the first goal Mendy conceded in the Premier League and ended Chelsea’s run with five goals as Lampard focused on breaking the terrible defensive record that tarnished his first responsible season.
Tammy Abraham was originally one of the victims of the back Lampard received in the transfer market but has won his place on the team in recent weeks when Werner pulled to the left.
The England international turned to Mateo Kovacic for his fourth goal of the season to restore parity on the 23rd minute and Chelsea never looked back.
Werner hit the crossbar after Aaron Ramsdale was only able to parry a dangerous free kick from Ziyech.
Chris Wilder’s men didn’t learn their lesson, however, as Chilwell bundled the ball off his hip from another Ziyech free kick.
Ramsdale turned back one more try from Chilwell before break but it seemed only a matter of time before Chelsea ended the game as they dominated the second half.
The hosts had to wait until 13 minutes before the third, and Ziyech’s nasty free-kick caused chaos again.
This time the Moroccan has chosen Silva to score his first goal in Chelsea. A moment later, Werner was shot into goal by Ziyech’s defensive pass, but the German hit the wood for a second time when his praise for Ramsdale came off the post.
The German international has not been able to refuse an eighth goal since his move from RB Leipzig in the 80th minute when he hammered the ball past Ramsdale.
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