Jermaine Jenas delivers verdict on Everton display v Man United
By Harvey Byrne
Jermaine Jenas has stated that he was left confused by Everton and didn’t know what was going on in Sunday’s draw against Manchester United.
The Toffees battled to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League encounter with a penalty from Leighton Baines cancelling out a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike.
It was considered a good result for Everton against a strong United side, given the Merseysiders recent poor form.
However, BBC pundit Jenas was left disappointed with the team’s overall display, stating that Everton struggled to keep possession.
“It looks like right Lukaku, you aren’t doing enough” started Jenas on Sunday evening’s Match of the Day 2. “Maybe there is a little bit of that as well, but I just felt like even when Gareth Barry got on the ball, or Idrissa Gueye, they didn’t have many options. The front four as Troy (Deeney) was saying, or Cleverley was too high pressed up against Valencia.
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“Everyone was kind of marked high up the pitch and as you can see here, Leighton Baines opening his arms up and saying ‘look give me an option somebody,” he is so used to having players in those little pockets, making things happen. Little movements happening and developing.
“I was watching that game thinking ‘I don’t know what’s going on with Everton,’ they don’t seem to be able to put a pass or two together.”
Ronald Koeman became the manager of Everton in June, taking over from Roberto Martinez.
He has now had six months to implement his way of playing onto the side, but after a good start to the season they have struggled.
The Toffees won five of their first six matches under Koeman, but they have since won just one of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions.
Their good form at the start has kept in a high eighth place in the league table, but they are now seven points away from fifth and three points from 12th.
They also have one point less than they did at the same point last season under Martinez, who was much maligned by supporters.
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