Everton 1-1 Man Utd: Player rating

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Manchester United fought back for the second week in a row when they made a 1-1 draw against Everton at Walton Hall Park, in a competition that can best be described as a match with two halves.

United were well worth a 1-0 lead at halftime, after going ahead through Ella Toone. But substitute Simone Magill got Everton back on par with a well-deserved, albeit somewhat controversial, equalizer with just over 10 minutes left to play.

A dominant United completely controlled the first half. This was emphasized in the early stages when Toone’s precision finish hit the nets. Alessia Russo, who has been in great shape lately, created the breakout goal with her run, before Martha Thomas played the last pass.

Everton generally lacked cohesion in their first 45 minutes of play and were out of pace in a defensive capacity, perhaps a symptom of a new coach who had not yet left his mark on the squad. At that stage, only Kenza Dali and Claire Emslie posed any kind of threat.

But Toffees grew into the match much more after half time, while United shrank.

Everton saw more of the ball in a period of pressure and although clear chances were still lacking, their opponents looked increasingly nervous. United, after dropping a late equalizer against Tottenham a week ago, had to pay again.

The equalization objective was, to say the least, disputed. United defender Maria Thorisdottir was hesitant when she tried to return the ball to Mary Earps, but just when the goalkeeper thought she had both hands on the ball, Magill ran through a boot to roll it into the net.

There was still time for United to threaten again, but Toone’s hard effort was spectacularly saved by Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, which secured a point for her team.

This is how both sets gave players ratings …

Sandy MacIver (GK) – 6/10 – In fact, did not have much to do until a flight rescue late helped secure her team a point.

Leonie Maier (RB) – 7/10 – Handled the threat from Galton very well.

Rikke Sevecke (CB) – 6/10 – Forced to take a cynical yellow card in the second half to stop a potentially dangerous counterattack.

Gabrielle George (CB) – 6/10 – Backed too much when United scored but stood up stronger after that.

Danielle Turner (LB) – 6/10 – Fighting and cruel as expected.

Lucy Graham (RM) – 6/10 – First WSL start of the season. Will have been happy to get a few important minutes under the belt.

Kenza Dali (CM) – 7/10 – Gave Everton a little creative cunning and most likely looked in blue to unlock the visitors’ defense. Seemed frustrated with his teammates at times.

Izzy Christiansen (CM) – 5/10 – Weak pressure in midfield when United got the early breakthrough. Often looked isolated as a single shield player.

Claire Emslie (LM) – 7/10 – Equipped Everton with a welcome spot. Had a couple of long distance attempts and cut the bar with one of them.

Valerie Gauvin (ST) – 5/10 – Missed a great chance towards the end of the first half. Limited in total and withdrawn with more than 20 minutes left.

Toni Duggan (ST) – 5/10 – Not very meaningful service but did not make enough of an impact on her own back either. The wait for a goal continues.

A quick word from today’s goal scorer! #Womens Football Weekend? #EFC pic.twitter.com/9EPDnIlzqa

– Everton Women (@EvertonWomen) November 14, 2021

Simone Magill (LM) – 7/10 – Got Everton back into the match with the equalizer and took advantage of the hesitation among the United defenders.

Grace Clinton (RM) – 6/10 – Got more invaluable experience.

Hanna Bennison (CM) – 6/10 – Protected the back four when Everton were in the lead.

Mary Earps (GK) – 6/10 – Felt hard done when Everton scored because it looked like she had two hands on the ball.

Ona Batlle (RB) – 6/10 – Went forward at every opportunity.

Aoife Mannion (CB) – 6/10 – Disappointed, she did not score in the first half.

Maria Thorisdottir (CB) – 5/10 – The equalization goal was controversial but she should have handled the situation before it got to that point.

Hannah Blundell (LB) – 6/10 – Like Batlle, her first thought of the ball was always to look ahead. Always a threat.

From front to back in an instant! ⚡️

? Watch the live broadcast of the match on @SkySportsPL. #MUWomen | #FAWSL pic.twitter.com/b5TcZUXcpz

– Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) 14 November 2021

Katie Zelem (CM) – 5/10 – Controlled first half. Disregarded the pace later in the match as Everton grew in confidence.

Wild Boe Risa (CM) – 5/10 – Lasted just over an hour when she returned.

Ella Toone (AM) – 7/10 – The newly crowned Vertu Motors PFA Fans’ Player of the Month continued its good form with an outstanding finish. Found pockets with space all afternoon to give Everton problems.

Looking for a second goal as we approach the hour ⏱ @Mart__Thomas went close a short while ago from @OnaBatle’s cut. #MUWomen | #FAWSL pic.twitter.com/aZxCmj4o9D

– Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) 14 November 2021

Alessia Russo (RW) – 7/10 – Created the opening goal with his driving ball bearing and measured through the ball.

Martha Thomas (ST) – 6/10 – Led the line well in the first half when she returned to the starting eleven. Came away with an assist but faded after the break.

Leah Galton (LW) – 5/10 – Unusually quiet by her own high standards.

Lucy Staniforth (CM) – 5/10 – Struggled to move the balance back in favor of her team.

Kirsty Hanson (RW) – 6/10 – Provided an energy injection from the bench.

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