Man Utd duo being ‘exposed’ by Everton’s Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof struggled to deal with the threat posed by Everton's Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

That is the view of former England international Rob Green, with Calvert-Lewin handing the home side the lead thanks to David de Gea’s mistake.

Although Bruno Fernandes did level the tie before the break, Green believes that Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking duo were causing plenty of problems.

He told BBC Sport: “Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof here are playing as a flat back two because the full backs are so wide.

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“But when Everton get the ball Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are exposing them so badly with their pace.

“It's just one straight ball through the Manchester United defence and Everton are in.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hoping to continue his side’s run of good form as they aim to make ground on the top four, something he urged his players to do before kick-off.

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He said: “I can with hand on heart 100 per cent say these boys will never give in and never give up like that team did.

“These are the boys we want to build the next team around.

"We knew when we made the decisions we made in the summer it was going to take time.

"The culture, the attitude, the fitness, the camaraderie, the team spirit and maybe even the understanding between players have improved."

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Everton have shown big signs of improvement under former Chelsea boss Ancelotti, with his team looking to climb up to ninth in the table.

He said: "The fight for Europe is still open and it will be open after the game against United.

“A win against United will be important for our confidence."

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