Sean Dyche faced a challenge that remained unresolved in the aftermath of Everton’s game against Manchester United, writes the LiverpoolEcho.
The suspension of Abdoulaye Doucoure meant the Toffees manager had to make changes for the game at Old Trafford, which was the first match without the Mali international, and consequently, the formation was altered from the previously successful 4-5-1 to accommodate two forwards, including new striker Ellis Simms.
However, the change of tactics didn’t yield the desired results, as Everton struggled against the Manchester United side, though they did manage to create chances and were still in the game in the final half-hour.
Nonetheless, Everton must find a way to cope without Doucoure, particularly for their upcoming matches against stronger opponents such as Fulham and Crystal Palace.
Everton struggled to keep up with Manchester United during their recent game at Old Trafford. Despite a strong start to the second half, a goal by Anthony Martial, following a mistake by Seamus Coleman, sealed Everton’s fate in the 70th minute. Jordan Pickford was Everton’s standout player in the first half, making several saves to keep the score level. However, the team struggled to create opportunities and was largely overrun by the hosts.
A missed opportunity by Amadou Onana and a tame shot by Ellis Simms highlighted Everton’s lack of ruthlessness. Manager Sean Dyche tried various tactics, including changing formations and substituting players, but was unable to prevent the loss. Dyche must find solutions quickly, as the team will need to cope without suspended midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in upcoming matches against stronger opposition.