Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will improve after they ended an underwhelming week with a 1-1 home draw against Everton in the Premier League.
United (14/1 Premier League Outright) went into Saturday’s early kick-off on the back of last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa and their unconvincing 2-1 victory over Villarreal in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the stoppage winner against Villarreal, started the match on the bench, with Solskjaer preferring to go with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial up front – a decision that appeared vindicated when Martial put United in front in the first half.
However, following Ronaldo’s introduction just before the hour mark, Everton equalised through Andros Townsend, while only VAR saved United from defeat late on, as Yerry Mina’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside.
United now head into the international break having won just twice in six games, and with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City to come over the next few weeks, it could be a testing period, but Solskjaer remains confident his side will rise to the challenge.
“It’s a big month. We have to be focused and make sure we use the international break well; come back with energy and clear focus,” the Norwegian told Sky Sports.
“The mindset is good, the players are hungry to improve. We dominated the game but just couldn’t get the second goal you need in games like this.
“I’m confident we will get the best out of this squad.”
While United missed the chance to go top of the standings, Chelsea (5/2 Premier League Outright) did not, as the Blues ended a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Southampton at Stamford Bridge thanks to late strikes from Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.
Trevoh Chalobah had initially put Thomas Tuchel’s side in front during the first half, but James Ward-Prowse levelled from the penalty spot, only for the Southampton captain to then be sent off for a foul on Jorginho – a decision that proved a turning point in the match.
Elsewhere, Leeds secured their first win of the season thanks to an early Diego Llorente strike that sealed a 1-0 victory over Watford at Elland Road, but Newcastle United’s wait for three points goes on, as they went down 2-1 at Wolves – Hwang Hee-Chan with a brace for the hosts.
Burnley and Norwich City are also both still awaiting their first victories of the season following a goalless draw at Turf Moor – the visitors did at least bring their 16-match losing streak in the Premier League to an end.
It was also goalless in the late kickoff, as neither Brighton nor Arsenal could find the back of the net at The Amex.
Sunday will see more four more Premier League fixtures take place, the highlight undoubtedly being Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City at Anfield (Liverpool 19/10, Draw 13/5, Man City 6/4 – Match Betting).