Everton held by Man United
Manchester United vs Everton was one of three Premier League games taking place on Sunday.
The Toffees’ last tie saw them earn a comprehensive 3-1 victory over 4th place Chelsea last weekend.
And Duncan Ferguson will have no doubt been keen to build on that result in what was his second game as caretaker boss.
Everton’s afternoon got off to a perfect start as Victor Lindelof put the ball into his own net with 36 minutes played.
However, Mason Greenwood would come off the bench to rescue a point for Man United.
Highlights: Manchester United 1-Everton 1
Why Kean as subbed off after 18 minutes
But while Ferguson has earned two solid results during his short stint in the Everton dugout, he did make a rather strange decision at Old Trafford.
Ferguson would sub on Moise Kean 70 minutes in vs Man United.
However, despite only coming on with 20 minutes to play, Kean did not finish the tie.
Instead, the former Juventus forward was subbed off late in the tie for Oumar Niasse.
Frosty reception from Moise Kean…
The substitute is subbed himself as Duncan Ferguson makes a big call! pic.twitter.com/3Y4qylA0eq
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 15, 2019
Kean did not appear to be injured and when Ferguson was asked why he subbed the Italian off, he gave this response:
“Yeah, you know what, it wasn’t because of Moise Kean’s performance, I just needed to make a substitution to kill a bit of time.
“I’ve got so many strikers on the bench, I just decided to make that change. It was nothing personal to Moise Kean really.” As quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
While this may indeed be the reason Kean was subbed off, it does seem a bit far-fetched as Ferguson could have easily taken off someone like Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin, both of whom had been on the pitch from the get-go and were probably a lot more tired than Kean.
Regardless, the decision will likely have gone down badly with Kean who hasn’t had the greatest time since moving to England over the summer.
The 21-year-old has started just two league games this term and only scored one goal in 11 PL appearances.