Jesus struggles as Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal

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Raheem Sterling came on to score an 82nd-minute equaliser as 10-man Manchester City rescued a 1-1 draw against Everton in their opening Premier League home game on Monday.

Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead with his 200th Premier League goal before City home debutant Kyle Walker was contentiously shown a second yellow card following a collision with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Sterling, a half-time substitute, rewarded heavy City pressure by slamming in a late equaliser and Everton also finished with 10 men after Morgan Schneiderlin, too, was given a debatable second caution.

Here, we analyse the performance of two key protagonists, Jesus and Rooney.

BASIC STATS



JESUS


Goals - 0
Shots - 2
Shots on target - 1
Touches – 39
Key passes – 0
Dribbles - 2
Dispossessed - 1
Aerials won - 0

ROONEY


Goals - 1
Shots - 3
Shots on target - 2
Touches - 49
Key passes - 2
Dribbles - 0
Dispossessed - 2
Aerials won - 2

EFFECTIVENESS


JESUS


Showed nifty footwork in possession but failed to engineer any sort of breakthrough for the home side.
Lacked space around the final third with Leroy Sane playing a similar role on the left.
He was substituted at half-time for Sterling as Guardiola opted for more pace in attack.
His talent is obvious but he made little impact this evening.

ROONEY


Not the force of nature he was at Goodison Park back in 2004 but still looks a menacing presence.
He pushed deeper on several occasions to leave space for Davy Klaassen and the elusive Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and showed eagerness to get on the ball at every opportunity.
His finished his goal superbly but his workrate was mixed.
It was his sixth goal in 11 appearances at the Etihad Stadium – and his second consecutive goal for the Toffees this season.

KEY MOMENTS


JESUS


12th minute (SHOT) – A left flank corner from Kevin de Bruyne is cleared and the ball falls to Jesus who blazes a powerful effort over the bar from 25 metres.
42nd min (SHOT) – A period of sustained pressure from Man City ends with Jesus shooting straight at Jordan Pickford after a cleverly weighed cross from Sergio Aguero. Poor defending from the away side, but they get away with it.

ROONEY


36th min (GOAL) -  Had done little up until this point but silenced the Etihad Stadium crowd with a superb goal. He pounced on to Calvert-Lewin’s right wing cross to slip the ball under the legs of Ederson to give the Toffees the lead.
42nd minute – Gave away possession around the middle and de Bruyne skipped through unopposed to feed Aguero, with Jesus shooting straight at Pickford.
64th minute – Showed intelligence and creativity to spray a well-measured ball into the path of the unmarked Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the right, but his low cross was saved by Ederson.
89th minute - He was substituted for Muhamed Besic.

VERDICT


JESUS


Jesus failed to provide any spark for Manchester City and looked lost when operating in attack.
Questionable if he can hold the line on his own as he keeps drifting to the left when playing alongside Sane.
If Pep wants to get the best out of the young Brazilian, he should opt for Bernardo Silva instead of Sane and put Jesus more in the final third.

5/10


ROONEY


The records just keep piling up for Rooney, joining Alan Shearer in an exclusive club with 200 Premier League goals.
He will be a vital cog for Ronald Koeman's men as the season progresses.

7.5/10



All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com.



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Raheem Sterling rescues point for 10-man Manchester City against Everton

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Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling came on to score an 82nd-minute equaliser as 10-man Manchester City rescued a 1-1 draw against Everton in their opening Premier League home game on Monday.

Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead with his 200th Premier League goal before City home debutant Kyle Walker was contentiously shown a second yellow card following a collision with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Sterling, a half-time substitute, rewarded heavy City pressure by slamming in a late equaliser and Everton also finished with 10 men after Morgan Schneiderlin, too, was given a debatable second caution.

City preserved their record of never having lost their first home Premier League game, but the main upshot was that Manchester United, Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion now boast the only 100 percent records in the league.

While City manager Pep Guardiola was unable to avenge the 4-0 defeat masterminded by his old Barcelona team-mate Ronald Koeman in January’s meeting between the teams, his side’s spirit will have pleased him.

For Everton manager Koeman, who gave a second-half debut to record £45 million ($57.9 million, 49.3 million euros) recruit Gylfi Sigurdsson, this was a sign that his side could now be genuine contenders for a Champions League place.

City made one change from their 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion, Leroy Sane replacing Danilo at left wing-back, and with Everton content to sit back and absorb pressure, the hosts took the game to them.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was obliged to parry a rasping Nicolas Otamendi drive and Sergio Aguero teed up David Silva to crash a low shot against the left-hand post.

But the pace of Calvert-Lewin made Everton a constant threat on the break and shortly after Silva had rattled the woodwork, they went ahead in the 35th minute.

Sane’s under-hit pass let in Calvert-Lewin and he skipped past Fernandinho before crossing for Rooney, who stroked the ball between Ederson’s legs before provocatively cupping his ears in celebration.

Rooney, jeered throughout due to his Manchester United connections, becomes the second player to score 200 goals in the post-1992 Premier League era after Alan Shearer, who netted 260 for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

It was a sucker-punch for City and worse was to come when Walker, who had just been booked for sliding in on Leighton Baines, was questionably shown a second yellow card by referee Robert Madley for backing into Calvert-Lewin.

Guardiola introduced Sterling in place of Gabriel Jesus at half-time and the former Liverpool man led the charge for an equaliser.

He twice shot over the bar, the second time from an excellent position, but after fellow substitute Danilo had been denied by Pickford, he netted the leveller.

Everton right-back Mason Holgate was unable to get decent purchase on a headed clearance from Danilo’s cross and the ball fell kindly for Sterling to lash an emphatic volley into the bottom-left corner from 15 yards.

In the last act of a frenetic game, Schneiderlin was harshly shown a second yellow card after sliding in on Aguero.

The French midfielder showed his displeasure with Aguero’s theatrical reaction by wagging his finger in his face as he went off.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot expect to be the main act when he returns to Manchester United

Matt Jones 21/08/2017
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On his way back to United? Zlatan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s imminent return to Manchester United is inevitable rather than illuminating.

There will be some who see Ibrahimovic’s return as an unnecessary distraction to the beautiful football United have been playing so far this season, and largely during pre-season.

The iconic Swede could, however, prove to be the torch that lights the way to the 2017/18 Premier League title following the relative darkness of the barren years since United last lifted the title they are the record holders of.

But he will have to do so as part of the supporting cast, rather than the leading man role he craves and has played so often throughout his career.

He can make an impact but he has to fall in line as a foot soldier. He cannot be allowed as much control over the starting 11 as he was afforded last season.

As prolific as he was and as much value as his experience at the elite level offers, in spite of his advancing years, United were far too static up front in 2016/17 with the big Swede in the side.

He was superb in scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. But United’s approach play was too often ineffective, ponderous and dull with Ibrahimovic as the focal point.

Too many teams became difficult to break down with defences tightly packed to guard the big number nine, who the play inevitably always went through – 15 draw hampering any hopes United had of the title and even the top four.

Only Ander Herrera (28), Antonio Valencia (32), Paul Pogba (24) and David De Gea (26) played more minutes than the 35-year-old.

Only Herrera, De Gea and Pogba played more games – and he missed 10 through injury after his season was ended by a knee ligament injury in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht.

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His presence in the current team, while welcome, could also prove to be the antithesis to the direction in which the team are going – a return to the fast-paced, swashbuckling, lethal style that has characterised United sides over the years.

The new Premier League season is two games old. Tougher tests than two 4-0 thrashings of West Ham and Swansea lie ahead. But there is a discernible swagger to United’s play that has not been seen for many years.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, after bedding in campaigns, have begun brightly and will have key roles to play in any forthcoming success. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have also caught the eye and their frightening pace and trickery can destroy teams. Nemanja Matic, meanwhile, looks like he’s been in the side for years.

Romelu Lukaku is now the leading light instead of Ibrahimovic. And he must be allowed to shine.

Ibrahimovic’s return evokes memories of when compatriot Henrik Larsson was loaned to United in January 2007. Then 36, Larsson had a brief but memorable stay at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in 13 appearances, earning himself a Premier League winners’ medal after returning to Helsingborg in March.

Ibrahimovic can have a similar impact, but he must be willing to sacrifice himself if he wants to add a league title in a fifth different country to his collection.

So, while United fans live in the moment, Jose Mourinho must think long term. And if he is to succeed in maintaining his impressive record of winning league championships in his second season at every club he has managed, re-acquiring a player of Ibrahimovic’s ilk could prove to be a masterstroke.

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