Former Liverpool and England midfielder Joe Cole has called out Man Utd defenders Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka during the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes has been the standout performer for Man Utd since his arrival in January and he proved his worth again at Goodison Park with two goals in seven first-half minutes as the visitors had to come from behind yet again.
The win avoided the ignominy of United’s worst start to a league season since 1989-90 and was a welcome boost after defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir in the last seven days as the Portugal international made it 13 goals in 21 Premier League matches.
But it was far from plain sailing with centre-back Lindelof, one of four changes from their embarrassing Champions League defeat, dominated in the air by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which was how Everton were able to open the scoring through Bernard.
However, substitute Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United in stoppage time gave the scoreline a more favourable outlook.
Speaking about the Red Devils’ defending for Everton’s goal, Cole told BT Sport: “This goal here, you talking about bad defending. Calvert-Lewin is causing Lindelof a terrible time, using his physicality, flicking on. But also, we’re talking about bad defending, you’ve got to know Calvert-Lewin is a problem so Wan-Bissaka has got to be alive and switched on.
“So many times when you watch him, players run off him. Bernard just picks up a nice position, lovely shuffle of his feet, he cuts inside and it’s a great finish.
“He was excellent in the first half. But from a defensive perspective, if the ball has gone up to Calvert-Lewin and there’s a challenge if you’re the right-back or the other centre-half, you have to be alive and stop it.”
It might well be the biggest weekend of the season so far. The two biggest title contenders finally clash in a long-awaited meeting, but will Leicester or Wolves come out on top? Liverpool also play Manchester City or something apparently.