Speaking after the match, as per the Mirror, the Dutch coach accused his team of ‘stealing’ the victory against a Blues side who will surely have been disappointed not to have taken a point.
“It was more or less a stolen victory,” the veteran Dutch coach admitted. “We didn’t play so well, it looked like we were not fresh.
“You never know how the players will come back from the international break. We were today the lucky team.
“Everton were much fresher and you could see that on the pitch. We have only created two chances and we scored a goal so that is very effective.”
There’s something a little over critical about LVG’s comments; after all, United enjoyed more shots, more possession, had a greater pass success rate and won more aerial battles than their defeated opponents on the day.
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While the Toffees hit the woodwork through Phil Jagielka, star man Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of his typically devastating self, and the Blues didn’t manage to muster the kind of threat that their offensive talent suggests they ought to, and were punished in the 54th minute when Anthony Martial beat Joel Robles.