The prolific Swedish forward, who joined from French champions Paris St Germain on an initial one-year deal, has been the shining light in an otherwise inconsistent campaign for a United side who spent heavily during the close season.
If Everton won, they would've leapt over Arsenal and United to take the fifth spot in the table, just five points behind Man City in fourth; while they still would've had basically no realistic shot of finishing in the top four, they could've at least pretended they did without getting laughed at.
"When the confidence levels are not high the quality of the performance is not easy to improve so we had to go through a shortcut". I was really confident to keep the clean sheet tonight.
Ibrahimovic also thought he had scored, adding: "I thought it was goal because I came from the right side of the defender when he played back and I thought it was a goal".
United enjoyed a lot of the ball in the early stages, but struggled to create clear-cut chances against a resolute Toffees defence. Did the keeper play well against us as always? Yes.
The Portuguese refused to criticise the officials for disallowing an Ibrahimovic header in the second half, with replays proving inconclusive as to whether the Swede was offside.
"If you compare the second half to the first half, the second half was much better", he told a post-match news conference.
"He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him", said Mourinho.
"It's one thing for Marcus Rashford, who comes previous year with no responsibility and scores a goal".
"We had to do it from the attitude point of view".
"We showed that throughout the second half to hold out until the penalty - and we've come away disappointed at the end".
UNITED drew 1-1 with Everton at Old Trafford, but who stood out? But I can not say, the TV has to judge.
In the modern Premier League it is really hard to do it but we need to score goals to win matches.
Up next for United is a trip to the Stadium of Light to take on former manager David Moyes' relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Sunderland's plight looks increasingly desperate, their 2-0 defeat at champions Leicester leaving them eight points off safety with just seven matches to go.
George Boyd struck as Burnley boosted their survival hopes by beating Stoke City 1-0, while goals from M'Baye Niang and skipper Troy Deeney earned Watford a 2-0 home win over West Brom.