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4 December 2013
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 75210
B. Oviedo 86'
With Wayne Rooney now suspended for Saturday's encounter with Newcastle, David Moyes will be praying that Robin Van Persie can recover from his groin injury as Manchester United go in search of their first league win in four games. As for Everton, they face a tricky trip to leaders Arsenal but if they can produce a similar performance to what they showed tonight, they could halt the Gunners' title charge. That's it from me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary, thanks for tuning in. Until next time, goodbye.
As for Everton, they stay in fifth place but extend their lead over Manchester United to five points. Having already beaten Chelsea this season, Roberto Martinez's side are certainly showing that they are capable of beating anyone on their day and some might say they should be considered as top four contenders.
That result means that Manchester United's 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions is brought to an abrupt halt and David Moyes' side now trail Premier League leaders Arsenal by 12 points. With Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all set for three points, it has not been a good day for the Red Devils.
FT: Manchester United 0-1 Everton. Bryan Oviedo's late strike ensures it is not a happy reunion for David Moyes against his former club. His goal marks a first Everton win at Old Trafford for 21 years as the Roberto Martinez revolution continues.
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There does not appear to be any sign of a Manchester United fightback here and Lukaku almost doubles Everton's lead when he collects Osman's pass outside the box before firing a left-footed effort narrowly wide. With Arsenal closing in on three points over Hull, Manchester United look set to be twelve points off the Premier League leaders.
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Yellow Card Ryan Giggs
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The Everton fans are now shouting 'You're getting sacked in the morning' as their side close in on a historic victory against David Moyes' Manchester United. Roberto Martinez makes a final change for the Toffees as Kevin Mirallas is replaced Steven Naismith.
Gerard Deulofeu's pace is causing this tiring Manchester United defence problems and he gets in behind Evra again but cannot beat De Gea with his cheeky chip. The Everton fans tant their former boss with chants of 'Are you watching David Moyes?'
Incidentally, just to rub salt into the wounds, Lukaku's cross was deflected into Oviedo's path via the legs of Fellaini. That's the Costa Rican's second goal in as many games, since replacing Baines in the Everton line-up.
Assist Romelu Lukaku
Goal Bryan Oviedo
EVERTON TAKE THE LEAD! Moments after Mirallas' free kick crashes against the post, Bryan Oviedo wheels away to celebrate in front of the travelling fans as he drills a shot into the far corner after connecting with Lukaku's low deflected cross. Everton are set for their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years, sensational!
Everton win a free kick in a fantastic position just outside the box when Valencia clumsily trips Coleman. Leighton Baines watches on from the stands as Mirallas lines up the strike.
Marouane Fellaini is fortunate to escape a yellow card after a late, mistimed challenge on McCarthy. The Belgium midfielder is still settling into life at Old Trafford and awaiting his first goal for the club.
It's the final straw for David Moyes as he makes his last substitution, introducing Javier Hernandez in place of Danny Welbeck. Roberto Martinez responds with a change of his own, with Leon Osman replacing Steven Pienaar.
The Everton chances are starting to dry up now and Lukaku has received little service in the last twenty minutes or so. Oviedo produces a burst forward from the left-back but his cross cannot pick out a blue shirt in the box.
It's all Manchester United here and they continue to pour forward. Januzaj has certainly made an impression since coming on but neither he nor any of his teammates can penetrate this resilient Everton defence. Are David Moyes' side set for a third consecutive league draw? There are thirteen minutes remaining at Old Trafford.
Tim Howard, with his impressive beard, is producing an equally impressive performance here to keep his former side at bay. Ryan Giggs swings a teasing cross into the box but the American goalkeeper comes through a crowd of players to punch the ball clear.
HOW HAVE MANCHESTER UNITED NOT SCORED? Rooney whips a superb corner into the penalty box and Evra meets it, forcing Howard into a brilliant reflex save. Welbeck then pounces onto the rebound but can only see his header come back off the crossbar. The ball is then tossed into the box from the right but Rooney wildly blazes a volley into row z. Everton's goal certainly lived a charmed life there.
JANUZAJ GOES CLOSE! That Deulofeu miss almost proves so costly for Everton as Howard is forced into action to tip Januzaj's swerving effort over the bar. That has livened the Old Trafford crowd up.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Deulofeu almost makes an instant impact when he finds space behind Evra down the right wing but he can only fire straight at the legs of De Gea with the goal gaping. A let-off for the hosts.
Roberto Martinez opts to make his first substitution of the game and Ross Barkley, who has once again been impressive, is replaced by the weekend hero Gerard Deulofeu. Can the Barcelona youngster make the difference?
The Manchester United fans scream for a penalty after Pienaar appears to clumsily nudge Januzaj to the floor inside the box. However, Martin Adkinson is not interested in the appeals and waves play on.
It's no surprise that this Everton defence has kept the joint-highest number of clean sheets (seven) in the league this season. They are so organised at the back and are dealing with everything that Manchester United are throwing into the box. It seems that United may be missing a certain Robin Van Persie this evening.
You can sense the confidence running through this Everton side and moments after Oviedo fires a shot narrowly wide, Barkley sees his effort well blocked by Fellaini.
Yellow Card Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney picks up the first booking of the match after a nasty challenge on Jagielka after the Everton defender had played the ball. That means he will be suspended for the home weekend encounter with Newcastle.
Nani has struggled to show his form from two seasons ago and he instantly frustrates the Old Trafford faithful by firing wildly over the bar from Welbeck's lay-off. Will it prove to be an inspired substitution from David Moyes?
There's going to be a double change for Manchester United as David Moyes attempts to shake things up. Shinji Kagawa and Rafael are the players to make way, with Nani and Adnan Januzaj, who mysteriously found himself on the Young Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, coming on.
The home fans are growing restless themselves however and Mirallas produces a brilliant feint to jink past Evra before slicing a shot well wide of the top right-hand corner. That opening goal somehow continues to elude us. Can Everton end their 21-year Old Trafford hoodoo?
Roberto Martinez is looking a little agitated on the touchline as his side continue to come under pressure. Rooney attempts to bulldoze his way into the box but a combination of McCarthy and Distin manage to smuggle the ball to safety.
Manchester United have made a brilliant start to the second half and Valencia surges past Oviedo down the right wing but struggles to pick out Welbeck with his cross into the box. I wonder whether we will see Hernandez introduced soon.
JAGIELKA TO THE RESCUE! McCarthy finds himself dispossessed excellently by Fellaini and the Belgian feeds Rooney who slips a ball beyond the Everton defence for Welbeck to chase. It's a straight race between Jagielka and Welbeck and the Everton defender produces a superb sliding challenge to deny his international teammate a route to goal. Fantastic defending, he had to get that right.
GOOD SHOT FROM EVRA! The French left-back comes close to opening the scoring within 90 seconds of the restart when he latches onto a loose ball outside the box, but his fizzing strike towards goal is well palmed over by Howard.
Pienaar and Barkley get the second half underway for Everton after a brief delay for Lukaku who was having trouble getting his gloves on. There have been no substitutions at the break.
With Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all winning, the pressure is really on David Moyes to get three points out of this game. As things stand, Manchester United are eleven points adrift of pacesetters Arsenal.
Premier League half-time scores: Arsenal 1-0 Hull, Liverpool 3-0 Norwich, Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa, Stoke 0-0 Cardiff, Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea, Swansea 1-0 Newcastle. In the later kick-offs, Manchester City lead West Brom 2-0 whilst Fulham v Tottenham is goalless.
HT: Manchester United 0-0 Everton. It's all square at the midway point after a fantastic end-to-end half of football. Wayne Rooney went the closest to opening the scoring when he struck the post but Romelu Lukaku has looked equally dangerous, forcing David De Gea into several smart saves. Expect some goals in the second half.
Manchester United look to snatch the lead just before the break but Jagielka produces a brilliant header to prevent Fellaini from nodding in Rooney's flick-on. I can't quite believe this game is still 0-0.
Moments after Barkley spurns a glorious three-on-two counter attack opportunity for Everton, Manchester United go close to opening the scoring themselves. Kagawa feeds a brilliant low cross into the box from the left but it somehows evades the outstretched boot of Welbeck before going through Rooney's legs. As the ball comes back into the box from the right, Howard shows his reflexes to deny Rooney's hooked effort.
GOOD SAVE FROM DE GEA! Lukaku is certainly getting the better of Vidic in the first half here and he muscles his way into the box once again before his drilled right-footed effort is saved by the legs of the Spanish goalkeeper. It's rather frightening that Lukaku is still only 20.
Everton are defending brilliantly here and every time Manchester United attack, there a crowd of blue shirts blocking their way in the box. Rafael tries to pick out Kagawa in the box but Oviedo makes a crucial interception. The Costa Rican has impressed in Baines' absence.
BARKLEY GOES CLOSE! The Everton youngster has only started one of the last four games but he shows his potential by holding off the challenge of Fellaini before firing a left-footed shot over the bar from just outside the box. He will certainly be hoping to achieve a spot in Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Luis Suarez has notched a 35-minute hat trick as Liverpool lead Norwich 3-0. Arsenal and Chelsea also lead in their respective matches against Hull and Sunderland.
Everton are looking lively whenever they attack however and Mirallas wiggles his way past three red shirts but Lukaku's lay-off is just behind Barkley. Will we see a goal before half time?
Manchester United are in the ascendency here and Valencia's cross causes panic inside the Everton penalty box but Jagielka just about manages to hack the ball clear. The atmosphere has mellowed a little here at Old Trafford.
ROONEY HITS THE POST! It's end-to-end stuff at Old Trafford and Wayne Rooney goes within inches of opening the scoring when his shot from outside the box takes a deflection before striking the inside of the post. Howard reacts quickly to deny Kagawa from converting the rebound.
Lukaku's strength is causing the Manchester United defence all sorts of problems and he bulldozes his way down the right wing but fails to pick out a blue shirt with his low cross. I'd be surprised if this one stayed 0-0.
SO CLOSE FROM GIGGS! Rooney plays a neat pass out wide to Rafael on the overlap and the Brazilian whips a splendid cross into the middle. Giggs surges into the box late to meet the ball with a glancing header but it flashes inches past the far post with Howard stranded. That would have been a brilliant goal.
Kagawa is getting himself into some dangerous areas for Manchester United and he capitalises upon an error at the back by Jagielka but cannot quite lift the ball over the advancing Howard and the American goalkeeper makes a vital stop.
GOOD DEFENDING FROM MANCHESTER UNITED! Romelu Lukaku shows his strength to muscle international compatriot Fellaini off the ball and then surges past Smalling and towards goal. However, just as he looks set to pull the trigger, Fellaini tracks back to nip the ball away.
The home fans are screaming for a free kick on the edge of the box as they believe Howard has carried the ball outside of his area. However, it seems that the goalkeeper with the evergrowing beard did drop the ball just before he left his area. Good call from the referee.
Coleman is getting into some brilliant advanced positions down the right but the Irish full-back is prevented from getting his cross into the box after a brilliant challenge from Evra. There were plenty of blue shirts waiting for the cross there.
GOOD SAVE FROM HOWARD! Manchester United are starting to grow into this game and Evra does brilliantly this time to pick out Rooney inside the box but the striker's low strike is well blocked by the legs of the former Manchester United goalkeeper. Incidentally, Rooney is looking for his 150th Premier League goal for Manchester United this evening.
Ryan Giggs actually made his Manchester United debut against Everton back in 1992. What a servant he has been to his club and the Premier League!
Manchester United threaten for the first time in the match when Kagawa feeds the ball out wide to Evra. However, the French left-back seems to get stuck in two minds and fizzes the ball out of play wastefully.
Everton have a decent record against United in recent years, having won two of the last seven meetings and drawing another two. The Red Devils have not lost at home to the Toffees in their last 20 top-flight meetings, though, and won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season thanks to goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin Van Persie.
A few jeers ring out from the travelling support as Fellaini gets hold of the ball in the middle of the park. Manchester United look to enjoy a sustained spell of possession to stem the early Everton pressure.
GOOD SAVE FROM DE GEA! Moments after Mirallas' flicked header from Pienaar's corner flashes just past the far post, the Belgian attacker cuts inside Rafael before fizzing a shot at goal which De Gea does well to tip over. It's all Everton in the opening nine minutes.
Everton have started brilliantly here and Barkley bursts forward from midfield before finding Lukaku on the left side of the box. The powerful striker attempts to get his shot away but Vidic produces a good block to deflect the ball behind for the game's first corner.
Everton are clearly not here to sit back and Lukaku goes close when he fires wide from the edge of the box. Remember that the Belgian striker scored a hat trick against Manchester United for West Brom on the last day of last season.
It's a slow start at Old Trafford with both sides feeling their way into the contest. Seamus Coleman attempts to find Lukaku with his cross from the right but Smalling produces a good header to get the ball clear.
The players emerge from the tunnel to a brilliant reception from both sets of fans and it is good to see the travelling supporters applaud David Moyes as he walks towards the dugout. Can he mastermind a victory over his former employers? Kickoff is minutes away...
Both teams have strikers who are in fantastic goalscoring form. Wayne Rooney has scored ten goals in 16 appearances for Manchester United this season whilst Romelu Lukaku has notched eight goals in ten games for Everton since moving on loan from Chelsea.
As for Everton, Roberto Martinez makes two changes to the team which defeated Stoke 4-0 on Saturday. Despite his man-of-the-match performance, on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu is replaced by Kevin Mirallas in the starting XI whilst Ross Barkley comes in for Leon Osman. Romelu Lukaku, who was named as the runner-up in Tuttosport's Golden Boy award earlier today, starts as the lone striker.
David Moyes makes three changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday. Rafael returns from injury to start at right-back, with Chris Smalling being moved infield to replace Jonny Evans. Former Everton star Marouane Fellaini starts alongside Ryan Giggs in the centre of midfield with Phil Jones suspended and Tom Cleverley dropping to the bench. Robin Van Persie remains sidelined with a groin injury so in-form Wayne Rooney leads the line once again.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo; McCarthy, Barry; Pienaar, Barkley, Mirallas; Lukaku.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fellaini, Giggs; Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck; Rooney.
Without further ado, here are the line-up's, starting with a Robin Van Persie-less Manchester United.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions whilst Everton have lost only one game (a 3-1 away defeat to Manchester City) in the league this season, the lowest in the Premier League. Who can secure the valuable three points tonight? Bringing you all the action from Old Trafford, my name is Max Bentley.
As for Everton, they occupy a respectable fifth place in the table and new boss Roberto Martinez has certainly managed to follow in Moyes' footsteps and bring more entertaining football and good results to Goodison Park. Having shared the spoils in a fascinating 3-3 draw in the Merseyside Derby with Liverpool eleven days ago, Everton returned to winning ways at the weekend by thumping Stoke 4-0 at home.
Manchester United have stumbled to consecutive 2-2 draws to Cardiff and Tottenham in their previous two league matches, albeit with a record 5-0 UEFA Champions League away victory to Bayern Leverkusen sandwiched in between. Moyes' men sit in a disappointing eighth position in the table and with Arsenal showing no sign of relent at the summit, the Red Devils can ill-afford to drop any more points.
Having enjoyed eleven years and 516 matches as Everton manager, David Moyes sits in the opposing dugout this evening as his Manchester United side go in search of a much-needed three points. The fair-haired Scotsman left an everlasting legacy at the Goodison Park outfit when leaving to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer but he will harbour no sentimental thoughts today as he hopes to get the Premier League Champions back to winning ways.
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