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An irate Bruno Fernandes said Manchester United had to stop conceding easy goals and quickly learn from their mistakes after the side’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League.
The Red Devils, buoyed by their record-equalling 9-0 win over Southampton, were cruising as Fernandes doubled their lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s men with a sublime long-range strike after Edinson Cavani’s earlier header.
But the game turned on its head as Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez netted for Everton in the space of three minutes shortly after the break which set up a thrilling finish at Old Trafford.
And while Scott McTominay looked to have snatched victory with a 70th-minute header, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had the final say after a late Everton free-kick.
The England striker was in the right place at the right time and managed to squeeze the ball past an out-of-sorts David de Gea to rescue a valuable point for the Toffees.
‘I think we gave away the result, we gave away the game twice,’ Fernandes told Premier League Productions shortly after the final whistle. ‘Because after being 2-0 up at half-time, coming into second half in the way we did, it’s really bad.
‘We are conceding goals every game, we are conceding goals a lot of times and at home we concede too many goals. ‘Too many bad results at home and this can’t be possible.’
The Portugal international said there were no excuses for the way in which United managed to throw away their advantage.
‘I think we have to win this game after being 2-0 up, you have to win this game,’ he added.
‘It doesn’t matter how. You concede two goals and you come again and you score again.
‘It’s impossible to concede another goal again, from a free-kick in the half of the pitch, we concede a goal from there and the way we concede.’
Asked how United can stop the flow of goals they’re conceding, Fernandes replied: ‘With performance.
‘We have to perform to perform better, we have to be focussed, we have to be more humble, we have to do many things better.’
On whether United already felt the game was won, Fernandes responded: ‘Maybe this was the problem, I don’t know.
‘I don’t feel that, I don’t know what my team-mates feel but we can’t feel that until the game is over.
‘And as you see we concede the goal in the last seconds of the game.’
Fernandes later told MUTV: ‘I think we have time to lift again and everyone knows the past is the past and you can do nothing but the future is the future and you can do something.
‘Everyone has to be ready, everyone has to learn from this game and put what we have learned from this game into the next one and try to win it.
‘It will be a hard one and we have to win.’
The result leaves United two points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand on their rivals.
Solskjaer’s men have won just one of their last four matches in the English top flight and will be desperate to respond with victory at home to West Ham on Tuesday night.