Manchester United 4 Everton 4

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Old Trafford.

What a crazy match. United are guilty of very sloppy and very careless defending. A match during which they led by two goals twice and a match that now gives Manchester City the necessary motivation to go and beat Wolves and then United at the Etihad to be in the best position to win the title. United started very cagily, maybe believing in their record at Old Trafford versus Everton. The only keeper to touch the ball in the first 10 minutes was De Gea, the only team to have shots on goal in the first ten minutes were Everton. As such it was with no surprise that Nikola Jelovic scored an almost impossible header to give Everton the lead. A high cross eluded defence and keeper and from the most acute of angles Jelavic, who was later to get Everton’s third, looped the ball over De Gea into the net. This seemed to spark United into life and the football began to flow and roll. Valencia and Nani took over the wings and it was a cross from the left that saw Rooney head in the equaliser. At half time United were ascendant and Danny Welbeck’s sublime finish early in the second seemed to signal the beginning of the end. He sold Hiteinga a dummy and sweetly curved in a shot past the diving Howard. Top class finish that was accentuated by Nani’s close range lob making it 3-1. It seemed job done and City’s hopes dashed. Yet credit to Everton for plugging away without cease. Rafael and both central defenders however then entered brain fart mode. Fellaini was allowed a clear, though a very high quality, volley amidst four United defenders surrounding him. De Gea stood no chance. Everton hope sprang eternal, only to be dashed by a great one-two in the Everton area that left Rooney to blast the ball into the back of the net. 4-2 order restored. But this Everton side does not give up. Another defensive error let them in again and Jelavic pounced to make it 4-3. Everton’s fourth was product of good play down United’s right and a well worked move allowed Pienaar to worm his way between Ferdinand and Rafael to leave De Gea unable to make a save from a close range shot. United surged forward again realising the importance of the win today. Evra his the post with a header and Tim Howard pulled off a last ditch save against a Rio Ferdinand shot. Yet to no avail. 4-4, unthinkable before kick off or even during the match. What price Wolves getting something out of their game this afternoon?

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

6   Johnny Evans

21 Rafael Da Silva

17 Nani (Goal)

22 Paul Scholes

16 Michael Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia

10 Wayne Rooney (2 Goals)

19 Danny Welbeck (Goal)

SUBSTITUTES

Phil Jones on for Paul Scholes

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez on for Antonio Valencia

 

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