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Manchester United 3–3 Everton

Manchester United threw away two points to see their title hopes fade even dimmer after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last-gasp goal completed the Everton fight back.

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After an even opening encounter, United’s traditional mix of exciting, young homegrown talent and exceptional foreign quality on a day as poignant today, was epitomised for the opening goal. Marcus Rashford’s cross found Edinson Cavani, whose movement left him unmarked at the back post to head in for a trademark goal after 25 minutes.

Bruno Fernandes doubled United’s lead from distance in added time at the end of the first half, his curling shot nestled into top corner beating Robin Olsen at full stretch.

Early in the second half, Everton were gifted a lifeline after Calvert-Lewin’s cross was weakly dealt with by David De Gea which allowed Abdoulaye Doucoure a simple tap inside the six-yard box.

Everton then completed the quick turn around with James Rodriguez firing into the near post when Doucoure found him free in the box after United failed to deal with a straight-forward cross again.

United retook the lead after continuing to dictate the play. Luke Shaw’s deep free-kick found Scott McTominay whose header glanced past Olsen’s despairing dive and into the far bottom corner.

But there was a late sting in the tail, Calvert-Lewin bravely tapped past De Gea from Lucas Digne’s deep free-kick as Everton stole a point at the death.

Sub-edited by Ciaran Coyle

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