Grumbling to himself and shaking his head, Cristiano Ronaldo went straight towards the tunnel on the closing whistle of Manchester United’s newest slip-up at Old Trafford.

He had loads to be aggrieved about.

Not solely had his staff dropped extra factors at house within the Premier League, the 36-year-old Ronaldo had been given barely a half-hour on the sector in opposition to Everton after beginning in its place following two 90-minute shows prior to now week.

Perhaps including to Ronaldo’s frustration, the scorer of the purpose that denied United a victory had the temerity to repeat the Portugal star’s well-known celebration.

In what he mentioned was a tribute to his “idol,” Everton winger Andros Townsend carried out a Ronaldo-style pirouette after his equalizer within the 1-1 draw as United did not win at house for the second straight Saturday in England’s high division.

Every week after a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, United was sloppy and ill-disciplined in opposition to Everton in a efficiency that hardly confirmed off its title credentials and maybe will improve the scrutiny on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about whether or not he’s the supervisor to get the very best out of United’s star-studded squad.

Chelsea, one other title contender, additionally seemed like dropping factors at house till Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell scored late targets to seal a 3-1 win over Southampton.

The turning level got here within the seventy fifth minute when James Ward-Prowse, who equalized for Southampton from the penalty spot within the 61st, slid dangerously from behind into the ankle of Jorginho and was despatched off after video assessment with the rating at 1-1.

Chelsea dominated the ultimate minutes at Stamford Bridge and Werner tapped house within the Eighty fifth earlier than Chilwell added a 3rd within the 89th.

The win put Chelsea in first place forward of Sunday’s sport at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester City, who got here into the seventh spherical as the highest two.

Leeds claimed its first league win of the season by beating Watford 1-0 at house due to Diego Llorente’s purpose at a nook, whereas South Korea ahead Hwang Hee-chan scored twice for Wolverhampton in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

Arsenal continued its restoration from shedding its opening three video games of the season with a 0-0 draw at Brighton, whereas Burnley and Norwich additionally drew 0-0.

RONALDO’S CAMEO

Ronaldo began among the many substitutes with Solskjaer trying to handle the striker’s minutes given the trouble he had put in over the past seven days, together with scoring the stoppage-time winner in opposition to Villarreal on Wednesday.

The sport in opposition to Everton got here lower than 72 hours later so Solskjaer made 5 modifications — and certainly one of them scored the opener, with Anthony Martial powering house a first-time end from the left after an beautiful contact and move from Bruno Fernandes.

Everton was all the time harmful on the counterattack and scored from a kind of breaks. In truth, it stemmed from a nook that was cleared by Everton. United midfielder Fred twice did not regain possession, resulting in Abdoulaye Doucoure enjoying in Townsend for a low shot from the sting of the realm.

“These last two games at home was not good enough in the Premier League,” Fernandes mentioned. “If we want silverware at the end of the season, we have to do much better.”

Ronaldo solely had one likelihood so as to add to his 5 targets since shifting to United for a second spell, however he lashed a left-foot shot vast from a slender angle.

DROUGHT OVER

Werner’s Eighty fifth-minute go-ahead purpose proved important for Chelsea in overcoming Southampton, with the Germany ahead scoring within the league for the primary time since February.

Werner has seen a league-high 16 targets disallowed since becoming a member of Chelsea in 2020, the most recent of which got here within the first half on Saturday.

Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel mentioned he was impressed with Werner’s persistence.

“We are all relieved, him and me and the whole club,” Tuchel mentioned. “Every time he scores we have the feeling there is a VAR decision to take it away from him. There have been a lot of very narrow decisions. He has to keep on going and a lot of things to improve.”

Trevoh Chalobah, a 22-year-old backup defender, put Chelsea forward within the ninth minute together with his second purpose of the season.

It was a profitable finish to a troublesome week for Chelsea, which misplaced to Manchester City within the league final Saturday and Juventus within the Champions League on Wednesday.