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Manchester United lost to Everton

Gordon's shot deflected off Harry Maguire's back (27) and past David de Gea, giving the hosts a taste of luck that has eluded them so far in this dreadful season.

United, who are close to signing Erik ten Hag as their permanent manager, struggled to find their rhythm after that, with Cristiano Ronaldo's late booking for petulance typifying yet another fragmented, sluggish performance under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

When he collected Maguire's header across goal in stoppage time, he may have had the ultimate say, but Jordan Pickford saved his instinctive effort.

Frank Lampard's side re-established a four-point gap on Burnley in the final relegation position ahead of the weekend's remaining games after self-imploding against Burnley in midweek, while United suffered another blow to their fading ambitions of a top-four finish.

Lampard has won all five of his matches at Goodison Park, and it is here that Everton's best chance of avoiding relegation in 71 years lies - at its most visceral, obstructive, and unwelcoming

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