Match ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 1.
Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton against Manchester United after substitute Marouane Fellaini conceded a costly penalty against his former club at Goodison Park.
Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, was introduced in the 85th minute to help see out the win but his first meaningful action was to commit a clumsy foul on Idrissa Gueye in the area, and Baines made no mistake from 12 yards.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's sixth goal in five games had earlier put United on course for just a third Premier League win in 11 matches.
The 35-year-old Swede struck with a sweet first-half lob that hit the bar and post before finally deigning to cross the line - although Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg's will be unhappy with his decision to rush from his area.
United, with manager Jose Mourinho back on the touchline after his midweek ban, also saw Ander Herrera crash a shot off the frame of the goal in the second half.
However, it might have been a different story had referee Michael Oliver shown a red card to United defender Marcos Rojo for a wild, two-footed lunge on Gueye with just 15 minutes gone.
That was the prelude to a bruising encounter for the out-of-form Toffees, who lost Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie to injuries before they rallied for a point late on.
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United fail to see out the game - again
United have now dropped seven points as a result of goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of league games this season - more than any other side.
That statistic contributed to United's tally of 20 points from 13 games at kick-off, their worst haul in the Premier League era.
Despite their frustrations in the league, they were good value for their goal when it arrived towards the end of a largely listless first half.
Anthony Martial's long ball forward was the cue for Stekelenburg to needlessly charge from his goal, giving Ibrahimovic an opportunity to score that he would not have had if the keeper had stayed at home.
As it was, Stekelenburg so nearly got away with it.
Ibrahimovic's effort bounced up and on to the bar, back down in front of the line and then spun sideways into the post.
Time seemed to stand still as the ball dallied and danced on the line, but it finally crossed just as Ramiro Funes Mori ran in to hack clear.
The visitors were unlucky not to find themselves further ahead when Herrera struck the bar in the second half, after which Everton came more into the match as an attacking force, with Kevin Mirallas, Gueye and Enner Valencia all forcing David de Gea into action.
United looked to have weathered the storm and for good measure threw on Fellaini to add extra steel at the back in what time remained - but the Belgian, signed from Everton for £27.5m in 2013, suffered a rush of blood in his own box to gift the hosts a point.
Dogged Everton get their reward
Everton's strong finish to the match was in stark contrast to an opening 45 minutes during which they managed no shots on target.
And if there was any sense of injustice over Rojo's tackle on Gueye - which referee Oliver only deemed a caution - it did not translate itself to greater urgency in their play, despite their run of just one win in eight games at kick-off.
But as the game wore on, so Everton's threat increased.
Their flurry of shots after the break transformed De Gea from a mere bystander to a central figure in proceedings - with his first stop from Mirallas' powerful drive the pick of the bunch.
Fellaini's mistimed tackle on Gueye was lucky in a way but just reward in another, and after Baines planted the ball home to De Gea's right there was only one team in the running to take all the points.
Valencia saw a shot blocked within moments of the restart before Baines let fly from 20 yards with a fizzing drive that De Gea had to punch away to safety.
Man of the match - Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
Stat attack - dead-eye Baines delivers again
- Baines has scored 17 of his 19 penalties in the Premier League (89.5%).
- Only Phil Jagielka has given away more penalties this season (3) than Fellaini in the Premier League (2).
- Anthony Martial provided his first assist since getting two on the opening day of the season against Bournemouth.
- No player has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box this season than Ibrahimovic (Xherdan Shaqiri and Philippe Coutinho also on 3).
- Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League fixtures (2-0 v West Ham).
- United have won just one of their last eight games in the Premier League, with six draws (L1), while Everton have won just one of their last nine league games (D4 L4).
'We took risk'
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: "We were the best team by far, but we didn't win. We had chances for a 2-0 and had the ball against the post and then we conceded a goal in the last minute.
"I notice my team trying always to play the 90 minutes in the same way, but that is not always possible because your opponent tries to react, which they did a little bit in the last 10 or 15 minutes.
"I am concerned because we don't get results we deserve.
"When my team is playing well the results are important. I am pleased my team is playing well. It is a problem that our position in the table is not a reflection of our performances."
Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "The whole team performance was positive and we showed great organisation from the start. We made it difficult for United to create anything.
"We went 1-0 down through a mistake which was disappointing, of course. One point was the minimum what we deserved.
"We made the subs and we took risk with four strikers on. David de Gea made one or two unbelievable saves and we could have scored earlier. It was a fair result. We're still unbeaten at home, so we are very happy."
Manchester United conclude their Europa League Group A campaign away to Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk on Thursday (18:00 GMT), before returning to Premier League action at home to Tottenham on Sunday (14:15). Everton's next outing is a league match at Watford on Saturday (12:30).
- 23ColemanSubstituted forHolgateat 67'minutes
- 25Funes Mori
- 14BolasieSubstituted forE Valenciaat 68'minutes
- 18BarryBooked at 31mins
- 15CleverleySubstituted forDeulofeuat 65'minutes
- 10LukakuBooked at 90mins
- 19E Valencia
- 1de GeaBooked at 88mins
- 25A Valencia
- 5RojoBooked at 16mins
- 22MkhitaryanSubstituted forFellainiat 85'minutesBooked at 88mins
- 11MartialSubstituted forRashfordat 83'minutes
- Michael Oliver
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 1.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by David de Gea.
Attempt saved. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Idrissa Gueye.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.
David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Michael Carrick.
Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Everton 1, Manchester United 1. Leighton Baines (Everton) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
David de Gea (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Everton. Idrissa Gueye draws a foul in the penalty area.
Substitution, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Enner Valencia (Everton).
Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Anthony Martial.
Attempt saved. Enner Valencia (Everton) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Holgate with a cross.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.