Jamie Jackson’s match report has arrived, so I’ll be on my way. Thanks for your company and emails; night!
Frank Lampard’s verdict
[Did you deserve better?] I think so. The players were very, very good in the sense of the organisation, the gameplan, the work ethic, the togetherness – things that should be basics in football, but people question them when you have a performance and result like we did the other night.
We were really good. I’d need to analyse the game but we had the better chances I think. Marcus Rashford was probably the difference between the teams; top individual talent can do that to you.
It’s not under my control [whether he gets sacked], it’s not for me to focus on that. Our focus is the next game against Southampton. This league can change very quickly. When you’re having difficult times you need to work really hard to get out of it. The picture can change.
[Has tonight enhanced your chances of keeping the job?] I don’t want to go on about that. I only want to talk about the players and how well they played. I’m not concerned; my focus is on this team and getting a result against Southampton.
When the players perform with the spirit of an Everton player, like they did tonight, the fans will react [positively] to that, even in defeat. That says a lot. I don’t want to hear that talk about the fans too much in a football sense. Our game next week is at Goodison. We need to make the fans feel about the team like they did tonight, and then try and win the game.
Marcus Rashford speaks
This is probably up there with the best goalscoring form I’ve had in my career. I feel good on the pitch. I’m getting in positions and areas to score goals, and if we keep creating chances I feel at the minute I’ll keep scoring. We want be in finals and we want to win trophies. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do that.
Peep peep! Manchester United move into the last 32 after an entertaining win over Everton, their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions. Marcus Rashford was the star, again, with two superb assists and a cool injury-time penalty. He is playing remarkably well, with a level of confidence that would have been unimaginable this time last year.
Everton contributed plenty to a very open game, and had a second equaliser disallowed for a Spandex-tight offside. It wasn’t the kind of performance that should get a manager the sack, though you never know these days.
Rashford ran round the ball, maintained eye contact with Pickford for as long as possible and then passed the ball into the bottom-right corner. Nicely done.
United played their way out of trouble, with two excellent passes from McTominay and Fred releasing Fernandes in space. He played in Garnacho, who was brought down by Godfrey. A soft penalty, but a penalty nonetheless.
90+5 min: Penalty to Man Utd!
90+4 min Fernandes controls a long ball superbly on the edge of the area but then flicks a shot well wide with the outside of the right foot.
90+3 min Rashford almost adds a goal to his two assists. He received a through pass from McTominay, surged into the area and was about to shoot when Godfrey made an excellently judged sliding tackle.
90+3 min ITV’s player of the match is, yep, Marcus Rashford.
90+2 min McNeil wins a corner on the left for Everton. Gray curls it beyond the far post to Godfrey, who fails to contrrol an admittedly difficult ball. He retrieves it nonetheless and stands up a decent cross that hits one of the many bodies at the far post and goes behind. Everton want a corner; they don’t get it.
90 min There will be six minutes of added time. Gray cuts inside from the right and drives a low left-footed shot from the edge of the area that is comfortably held to his left by de Gea.
89 min … and wobbles a decent free-kick that is tipped over by the leaping Pickford. It was straight enough for it to be a relatively comfortable save.
89 min The resulting free-kick is about 25 yards from goal, to the left of centre. Rashford strolls up…
87 min The corner is taken short and cleared, but United keep the ball alive and Onana is booked for a lunge at Martinez.
87 min Rashford gives United’s defence a breather with a good run that leads to a corner.
86 min Godfrey tries to go past Martinez in the area. Martinez gets himself between Godfrey and the ball and allows it to run out of play; terrific defending.
85 min It’s all Everton now, although they haven’t created anything since Calvert-Lewin’s disallowed goal.
83 min: Double substitution for Man Utd Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay replace Christian Eriksen and Antony. That probably means a switch to a 5-2-3 formation.
82 min One thing that is abundantly clear from this game is that Frank Lampard hasn’t lost the Everton dressing-room.
81 min: Everton substitutions Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil replace Seamus Coleman and Vitalii Mykolenko; two wingers for two wing-backs.
78 min This is Everton’s best spell of the second half, by a distance, and United look a bit frantic defensively. In unrelated news, Fred came on for Casemiro a few minutes ago.
76 min: Man Utd substitution Lisandro Martinez, United’s conquering hero, comes on for Tyrell Malacia. Shaw moves to left-back.
Gray was fractionally offside in the build up, and VAR has intervened. That’s a shame as it was a fine goal.
Calvert-Lewin started the move with a clever flick to Gray on the right. He backheeled a volley infield to Coleman and charged down the wing for the return; that’s when he was offside. Once he got into the area, Gray swerved past Malacia and hammered a cross that was deftly chested into the net by Calvert-Lewin.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalises after outstanding play from Demarai Gray!
70 min: Manchester United substititions Fred and Alejandro Garnacho replace Casemiro and Anthony Martial. That means Rashford will move up front.
69 min: Everton substitution Neal Maupay is replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored a late equaliser on this ground in a 3-3 draw a couple of years ago.
68 min “Much obliged to Simon Gill for the excellent recommendation,” says Justin Madson. “My Google search shows me that not only is he correct about the cold remedy, it is highly recommended as a hangover remedy – something much more difficult to cure. Everton fans may want to bookmark this recipe as well, as Man U scored while I typed this out.
“Also thanks to Joe Pearson for the official Soup MBM, though I am sad I have to read through Chelsea’s tie with Forest to find the info. And to Jeff Sachs for the chicken tip – I have eaten chicken-based soups to no avail so I have come to the best soup recommenders in the business for something new. Maybe Darwin Nunez could do with a bowl.”
67 min Doucoure is booked for fouling Rashford. He thought Rashford dived and waved an imaginary yellow card at the referee. The replays aren’t conclusive but I think Doucoure caught him.
66 min Eriksen takes the free-kick short to Fernandes, who cuts across a long-range drive that is tipped over the bar by the leaping Pickford. A good strike but a straightforward enough save.
65 min Rashford slows Doucoure down, then nutmegs him and is fouled. He is playing with stratospheric confidence.
65 min “It’s too bad this is merely in the third round,” says Kári Tulinius. “If this was the final Conor Coady would join Billy the White Horse and Stanley Matthews in having a FA Cup final named after him.”
Don’t forget the man who made Ricky Villa’s goal possible.
64 min: Chances plural for Everton! That was really close to an equaliser. Coleman collected a loose ball on the right side of the area and drove a low cross-shot that was kicked away well by the stretching de Gea. The ball rebounded to Mykolenko, whose slightly tame follow up was cleared off the line by Dalot.
63 min “I just opened my chicken noodle soup for a bite before work… and lost my appetite with Alex Iwobi being stretchered off,” says Brad Wilson. “He’s been one of the few highlights for us Evertonians this season. Bad luck follows the Toffees like a black cat.”
62 min Fernandes dances past a couple of defenders in the area, but he can’t find an angle for the shot so lays the ball back to Antony. He’s crowded out.
61 min Godfrey is booked for biting Rashford’s ankles.
60 min The overlapping Dalot wins a corner off Gueye. United have been really good since half-time, with a much better tempo to their passing. Nothing comes of the corner.
58 min “You’re getting sacked in the morning,” rings round Old Trafford., followed by a not entirely PC reference to Lampard’s time at Stamford Bridge.
For what it’s worth – bugger all – I wouldn’t sack Lampard. I think he’s done okay in extremely difficult circumstances.
58 min “Am worried about Mary Waltz,” says Jeff Sachs. “She’s far too quiet.”
She is allowed a day off, especially as she’s not even employed by the Guardian.
57 min Martial dribbles past Onana, who makes an excellent recovery tackle on the edge of the area. United are well on top right now.
54 min Rashford and Dalot combine to find Antony, whose low shot from 20 yards is straight at Pickford.
Marcus Rashford is so damn hot right now. He received a crossfield pass from Eriksen on the left and charged straight at the backpedalling Coleman. Once he was inside the area he moved Coleman outside, inside and then outside again – sound the twisted blood klaxon – before ramming a low cross from the byline that the stretching Coady turned into his own net. Coady had to go for it, as he had no idea what was behind him. That was another devastatingly incisive burst from Rashford, who is playing as well as anyone in England right now.