October 28, 2018 / 6:06 PM / 21 days ago

Soccer-French connection earns United win over Everton

* United survived late Everton pressure for 2-1 win

* Jose Mourinho left striker Romelu Lukaku on the bench

* United took lead in the 27th minute through Paul Pogba

* Pogba penalty saved but Frenchman slotted home loose ball

* Anthony Martial doubled lead with fine finish in 49th

* Everton fought back with Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty in the 77th

* United are at Bournemouth next, Everton host Brighton

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Oct 28 (Reuters)- Goals in each half from Frenchmen Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a 2-1 home victory over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The win, a welcome boost after United’s midweek Champions League loss to Juventus, moved Jose Mourinho’s side above Everton into eighth place although they are still nine points behind leaders Liverpool.

United grabbed the lead in the 27th minute when referee Jonathan Moss ruled that Idrissa Gueye had brought down Martial in the box, although replays showed the Senegalese midfielder had fairly played the ball.

Pogba took his trademark slow run-up and his spot-kick was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford but the ball fell kindly to the Frenchman who slotted home the rebound.

Four minutes after halftime United doubled their advantage when Pogba resisted the temptation to shoot from the edge of the box and rolled the ball to the left for Martial who beat Pickford with a superb low curling shot into the far corner.

However Pogba was then at fault, giving the ball away in midfield as Everton got back in the game with a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty in the 77th. Richarlison was brought down in the box by Chris Smalling after Sigurdsson’s through ball from Pogba’s error. (Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Ken Ferris)

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