Manchester United v Everton –
Final Score/Result: Man United 0-1 Everton
Man Of The Match: Bryan Oviedo
Manchester United once again dropped points at home as David Moyes’ former side grabbed a memorable win.
David Moyes had failed to win at Old Trafford as the manager of Everton FC in the last 10 years, but his successor Roberto Martinez was able to do it in his first attempt. With every other teams at the top winning in this gameweek, Manchester United are now left struggling at ninth in the points table – 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal. It will now take a massive turn around in fortunes for David Moyes’ men to defend their title this season, in fact at this rate even a place in the top four would require a lot of effort and luck.
Roberto Martinez meanwhile continued to propel Everton towards the top. The Merseyside club are the only side in the Premier League at the moment who have lost just once so far this season. They are currently fifth in the league table, seven points behind the Gunners. With this massive result, they are now serious contenders for a place in the top four and a place in the Champions League next season.
Manchester United started the first half brightly and Shinji Kagawa had a good chance to open the scoring in the 21st minute of the game. But the midfielder’s shot was well saved by Howard. Ryan Giggs missed another opportunity two minutes later as his header flew wide of the far post. Just five minutes after this, Wayne Rooney’s deflected shot from outside of the box left Tim Howard flat footed, but unluckily for the England international, the ball hit the post and Everton were able to clear.
The home side’s failure to capitalize on the chances could have cost them dearly right at the end of the first half, but Romelu Lukaku’s shot was saved by David De Gea’s feet. Everton managed to keep the ball alive and when it eventually arrived to Kevin Mirallas inside the box, his shot at goal was blocked. United missed another glorious opportunity to take the lead as Kagawa’s wonderful low cross from the left evaded both Welbeck and Rooney. That wonderful pass across the goal required the slightest of touches, but somehow the ball went through the legs of Wayne Rooney.
In the second half United continued their wastefulness in front of the goal. In the 71st minute Wayne Rooney’s corner was met with a wonderful header from Evra, but it was straight at Howard, who saved it somehow, but with an open goal at his mercy, Danny Welbeck managed to hit the cross-bar from a rebound with his header. At this level, the Englishman should have converted that chance and that miss would come back to haunt them at the end of the game.
As the closing stages of the match Everton looked more dangerous on break and looked likelier of the two sides to win this game. The away side finally managed to take the lead in the 85th minute as Romelu Lukaku’s attempted shot turned into a perfect pass for Bryan Oviedo on the left. The 23-year-old, who replaced Baines in the side, was left unmarked at the far post and scored his second goal in as many starts. That proved to be the winner at the end and provided Everton with a memorable victory.
David Moyes was left disappointed with the result and accepted that United have a lot of catching up to do with the teams at the top.
“We are very disappointed. We didn’t take a couple of chances that we had – we needed a bit of good fortune, but one or two things hit the post and Tim Howard made one or two saves.
“Everton kept at it and showed how good a team they are. They got the one goal.
“We had opportunities, but Everton did as well, they’ve been playing well and that’s why they’re up near the top of the league.” – The Manchester United manager told the press.
Moyes also felt that his side could have defended the late goal that they conceded and insisted that the build-up to the game should have been centred around the players rather than the manager.
“We didn’t defend it well enough and we could have cleared it. We gave the ball away a minute before which led to the goal, so it was our own doing.
“It should have been about the players, about the players at Everton and how well they are doing.
“I didn’t think it was necessarily about me at all, I was just fortunate to manage Everton and I’m fortunate to be managing Manchester United.” – Moyes added.
Manchester United v Everton – Statistics
Bryan Oviedo produced another assured performance at the back for Everton at Old Trafford last night. The 23-year-old, who has been asked to step in to replace Leighton Baines at the left back, scored his second goal in his second start this season. He scored against Stoke City and provide an assist at the weekend and has now followed that up with a winner at Old Trafford. Although it seems unlikely that he will retain his place in the side once Baines returns, but Oviedo has grabbed this limited opportunity with both hands.