Carlo Ancelotti said he was “proud” of the “spirit” that Everton showed in their 3-3 draw with Manchester United.
Everton were two goals down at half-time but battled back to 2-2 early in the second half. United regained the lead but a last-minute goal saw the visitors complete their comeback.
It left Ancelotti feeling positive about his side’s ambitions for the rest of the season. The point took them into sixth place.
They will be hoping to use it as a springboard for further success – and Ancelotti explained the secrets behind their fightback.
He told Sky Sports: “I think we started well and were a little bit shy in the first half.
“After that the game was in control. We would not have deserved to lose. We had opportunities in counter-attacks in the first half but were not clinical.
“Manchester United are really strong in midfield. The idea was to put one more player in there. [James] Rodriguez had a calf tight but he could play, but not all the game. He scored a fantastic goal and I took him off to avoid problems.
“I am really proud. The spirit is really good. We have a good run in this moment.
“We have to keep this spirit high. We showed that at 3-2 we did not want to lose.”