Rafa Benitez says Everton ‘did well’ to pick up a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Toffees held Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League with a solid team performance. They went behind in the 43rd minute due to Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman, given a rare starting spot, beat Jordan Pickford with a deflected effort.
But Everton did not let their heads go down and came out fighting in the second half. They soon found a deserved equaliser through in-form winger Andros Townsend.
Demarai Gray started a counter-attack and shrugged off Fred to get into a good position. He gave the ball to Abdoulaye Doucoure, who did well to pick out Townsend.
The 30-year-old took one touch before sending a neat finish past David de Gea.
Yerry Mina thought he had bagged a late winner for Everton but was adjudged to be offside when he scored.
After the game, Benitez told BBC Match of the Day: “We played against a very good team. It’s not easy to get a result here and we did well.
Townsend honours opponent with celebration
Townsend has explained his Cristiano Ronaldo-style celebration in the draw.
The Englishman emulated his opponent by performing his trademark jump, although not quite as effectively.
When quizzed on the move, Townsend said: “This guy is my idol. I grew up watching Cristiano Ronaldo. I spent hours on the training pitch trying to execute his techniques, maybe should have spent longer on the celebration because it wasn’t great execution.
“It was a bit of respect to Ronaldo and it was an honour to be on the same pitch as him.”
On the goal, he added: “It was amazing. Demarai doing what he does best, using his pace and power. As soon as Doucoure got it I knew if I kept up with him he would put it in my path.
“Thankfully on this occasion I managed to keep my composure and put it in the bottom corner.”