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‘That devilment’: Sean Dyche impressed by one Man United player in Everton win

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Sean Dyche had no complaints with either of Manchester United’s penalties during their 2-0 Premier League win with Alejandro Garnacho’s ‘devilment’ catching Everton out. 

As Dyche found himself suffering from deja vu once again – the Toffees boss bemoaning his side’s wastefulness after a ‘Groundhog Day’ sort of performance – he could only wish an eternally-profligate Everton had a forward of Alejandro Garnacho’s drive, trickery and iron-clad self-confidence. 

All it took was two clever pieces of footwork from the ever-dangerous Argentine to secure an unconvincing Manchester United side the win over an Everton side who mustered eight more attempts (23 in total) than their hosts. 

Alejandro Garnacho helps Manchester United beat Everton

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“There’s a moment,” Dyche tells BBC Sport, Garnacho having already bamboozled James Tarkowski before driving past one, two, three Everton players before going down under a desperate lunge from Ben Godfrey. 

“The second one, he changes his running gait, sprints, toes it and gets fouled. That’s having that bit of devilment. (That willingness to) get hurt. He knows he’s going to get hit with the tackle. Sometimes it’s about getting hurt to score a goal. This time, it’s getting hurt to get a penalty.

“I’m not going to start griping about the penalties. Two breakaways, we didn’t deal with it, and we shot ourselves in the foot.” 

Argentine makes history under Erik ten hag

Garnacho became the first ever Man United player to win two penalties in one Premier League game, and both came within a spell of just 24 first-half minutes. Bruno Fernandes slotted the first past Jordan Pickford and then passed responsibility over to Marcus Rashford, the often under-fire frontman slamming the ball into the opposite corner. 


Back to winning ways and out of the negative as far as their goal difference is concerned, a sixth place United will now be hoping for a draw between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as Erik ten Hag looks to keep his admittedly-slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive. 

“With young players, that is what you find. He’s direct. Today, Garnacho was the one who was going to make things happen,” United icon Wayne Rooney tells TNT Sports. “He was certainly the best player on the pitch.

“His work-rate off the ball as well is fantastic. He is going to make mistakes, he’s still learning. But he has got that drive and hunger which any fan wants to see.

“I’ve been really pleased with him, and I think he will be a special talent going forward. He has probably been Man United’s best player this season.”

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