Rafael Benitez’s appointment as Everton boss as Champions League-winning Liverpool manager was not popular given his past, but because of Spaniard’s strategy, Toffee is dreaming of European football.
Everton have lost just one of Benitez’s first seven Premier League games due to financially restrictive game restrictions despite limited budgets and injuries to star strikers Dominic Calvert-Lyon and Richardson.
With a 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Benitez’s men’s level remained on points with the Red Devils and Liverpool, one ahead of Manchester City ahead of the Champions’ trip to Anfield on Sunday.
United boss Ole Gunnar could afford the luxury of bringing in Soldier Cristiano Ronaldo, Judon Sancho and Paul Pogba as substitutes, while Benitez would have to name three teenagers to fill his bench.
But at one point, at least, the visitors deserved the performance, marrying around the defense organization Benitez, known for its powerful threat of retaliation.
Everton’s goal showed the impact on the 61-year-old in just a few months.
After spending 0 240 million (32 325 million) on transfer fees over the past three years, Benitez’s spending was limited to 7 1.7 million to bring Demra Gray and Andrews Town Sands during the transfer window.
At the same time, he had to shave the wage bill with James Rodriguez when he froze before leaving for Qatar.
But Gray and Town Sands are shining as Everton have scored 14 of 21 possible points.
Gray, showing a combination of strength, determination and speed, twice disposed of Fred and counter-attacked for Everton’s equalizer.
Abdelle Docor is another player who has changed since the arrival of Benitez, and the Frenchman, as an Everton player, provided the fourth assist of the season by swinging the ball towards Town Sand for his fifth goal in nine games.
Available on a free transfer from Town Sands Crystal Palace, his career seemed to be in decline, but he has reunited with Benitez after working with the couple in Newcastle for the first time.
“The manager demands the best. When I was in Newcastle he took the best from me and it looks like he’s doing the best he can in a minute,” said Townsend.
“If I keep working hard, keep listening to the manager, hopefully I can continue to get a score sheet.”
But in the centimeter, Everton could have won their first victory at Old Trafford since 2013.
Eri Mina tapped Tom Davis’s cross in the dying minute but Columbia had just strayed offside, which was seen through a VAR check.
Even one point felt like three for Benitez, the side to which he had to come together due to injuries.
“It’s a good draw, like a mental victory, with players who aren’t playing,” Benitez said. “If we have everyone available and the team continues with the same spirit, we can win more games.
“Hopefully, we can bring back some players but make sure we have the same mindset, the same determination, the same intensity.”
Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, captain Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes could return after an international break to bolster their bid to qualify for Europe next season.
It could be more than a squad that is punching more than its weight, but Benitez could not have asked for a better start to allay any long-standing doubts about whether he was the best man for the job. Is.